Jeff Henry Williamson, who thought it was a good idea to use the Houston Public Library downtown to send threats about blowing up the FBI building, learned otherwise today.
U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Williamson to three and a half years in federal prison, with another three years of supervised release. Williamson had been found guilty back in March to charges of making a threatening communication, partly because he was representing himself and partly because he was an obvious nut who would use the public library to make easily traced threats.
Not to mention he admitted doing it at least once, according to the U.S. Attorney's office:
During the trial, the jury heard testimony about a series of messages left by Williamson on the U.S. Attorney's Office voicemail system in which he claimed to being harassed by the U.S. government and threatening to shoot up the U.S. Attorney's Office with a submachine gun if the harassment continued. The FBI traced one of the calls to the downtown Houston Public Library and on June 11, 2008, FBI agents found Williamson in the library. After admitting to making the phone calls, Williamson was admonished by FBI agents not to threaten to harm individuals in the government.
Hey, he got off easy and learned his lesson, right? No.
Sixteen days later, on June 27, 2008, Williamson sent an e-mail from the Houston Public Library public access computers to the United States Attorney's Office in downtown Houston stating in part, "Please advise FBI Director Mueller I will take justice into my hands and blow the front of the J. Edger Hoover building off to get everyone's attention - then the CIA HQ and DOJ."
The e-mail was also sent to the Department of Justice Inspector General and the House Select Intelligence Committee. The e-mail also directed the recipients to Williamson's political websites that expressed views about the government harassing him.
Williamson was also accused of sending nutty messages from a Reno, Nevada library.
In one, he threatened to kill FBI agents. The agency traced the IP address, went to the library and found Williamson. He claimed he had been on a cigarette break when the message was sent, but somehow they didn't believe him.
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