Indictment reveals death threats against judge

NORWICH – Four people charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes entered pleas in county court Friday, including a not guilty plea entered on the behalf of a Chenango County Correctional Facility inmate accused of making death threats against Judge W. Howard Sullivan.

Michael D. Richardson, 35, formerly of Bainbridge, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, and was remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility with no bail. It’s alleged that Richardson – in July of this year and with the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion; or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination or kidnapping – placed threatening remarks in letters addressed to his estranged wife and mother-in-law stating he was going to shoot Judge Sullivan, who is scheduled to retire at the end of this year.

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