Bainbridge man sentenced to seven years for threats to former county judge

NORWICH – Michael D. Richardson, 36, formerly of Bainbridge, was sentenced Wednesday to a determinate sentence of seven years in state prison by the Honorable Martin E. Smith following his conviction in April for making a terroristic threat, a class D violent felony.

It was alleged that Richardson, in two letters addressed to his mother-in-law and his estranged wife in July of last year, expressed detailed accounts of his intent to perform acts of violence directed at a number of people including many individuals employed by county government, as well as a judge, alleged to be retired Judge W. Howard Sullivan.

During the April trial, Richardson admitted to having written the letters, which included a number of conceivably hostile comments such as how he wanted to “walk slowly up to the judge and place a .45 slug in between his eyes before jumping back into a stolen car,” or “these county officials are way too easy for me to get my hands on,” as well as descriptions of how he could attain explosives from a unspecified New Jersey resident, and admissions of his own fear of what he is capable of doing.

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