Man Admits Threatening to Kill La. Prosecutor

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 07:58 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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A Louisiana man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court of threatening to kill former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and his family, The Advocate newspaper reported.

Gerald P. Estrade, 56, of Baton Rouge, who served nine years of a 20-year sentence for manslaughter in the 1988 killing of his 10-year-old daughter, now faces a possible 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"Our public officials should not have to live in fear for doing their jobs," acting U.S. Attorney Walt Green said after U.S. District Judge James J. Brady accepted Estrade's guilty plea.

"Threats of such violence are never tolerated," said Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the New Orleans FBI office.

Court records show Letten met Estrade in 1999 or 2001 while Letten walked his dog near his home and they briefly talked. It was not clear whether Letten prosecuted Estrade in any criminal cases.

Estrade allegedly wrote a letter to the FBI in 2005 or 2006, threatening to kill Letten and his family. He allegedly explained to federal investigators that he had heard voices ordering him to kill the prosecutor.

Pam Laborde, Louisiana Department of Public Safety communications director, said Estrade was imprisoned from April 1990 until October 1999 on the manslaughter conviction.

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