- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the five-year sentence of a Nigerian man for threatening a federal agent’s family.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected on Wednesday the challenge filed by Osayuwame (oh-sah’-yu-wah-may) Bazuaye (bah’-zwah-yay) arguing his sentence was overly harsh. He also lost his argument that U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren made a mistake by imposing a stiffer sentence in 2013 because he lied when testifying.

The appeals court ruled the stiffer sentence was within the judge’s discretion.

A jury convicted Bazuaye of threatening to sexually assault the wife and daughter of a deportation officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

At the time he was in custody on a firearms charge after firing a handgun from the balcony of his Wichita apartment.

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