- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say a member of the notorious Heartless Felons gang already serving life in prison has been sentenced to more time for threatening a Cleveland judge who was presiding over the murder trial of a fellow gang member.

Prosecutors in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County say 24-year-old William Hammons was sentenced to three more years Monday after pleading guilty to charges of retaliation and aggravated menacing.

The agency said the charges stemmed from threats against Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Astrab, who presided in the trial of Heartless Felons leader Julius Webster. That trial, which ended in February, resulted in Webster being ordered to serve at least 99 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Hammons sent a letter from prison threatening Astrab, who had also presided over Hammons’ 2012 aggravated murder case.

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