Anchorage Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Mailing Threats
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 01, 2009|
ANCHORAGE, AK—United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today, December 1, 2009, that James Keophithoun, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to probation for 36 months for his conviction on four counts of mailing threatening communications.
United States District Court Judge James W. Sedwick imposed the sentence on Keophithoun, age 56.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Schroder, the defendant mailed two threatening letters to a State of Alaska Superior Court Judge in January and March of 2007. Later, in October 2007, the defendant mailed threatening letters to two Anchorage police officers. All four letters were purportedly sent by another person, but were drafted and mailed by the defendant. During an interview conducted by special agents of the FBI, the defendant admitted writing the letters in hopes that the judge and the police officers would contact the employer of the other person and have him fired.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Sedwick recognized the seriousness of the offense, but also the highly unusual circumstances of the case.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Keophithoun.