Massachusetts man accused of threatening West Virginia judge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted for allegedly threatening a West Virginia judge, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

A federal grand jury indicted Keith Lessard, 40, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, on charges of mailing threatening communications to a circuit judge in Kanawha County, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said at a news conference in Charleston.

Lessard allegedly tried to extort money from the judge when he threatened her reputation by claiming she engaged in misconduct while she was an assistant prosecutor in a 2010 case against Lessard, according to the indictment.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Lessard has an attorney who could comment on the charge.

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