- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A Benton County inmate who said he would “chop up” a judge while awaiting charges has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the threat.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2bC8bfT ) that Brandon VanWinkle will serve the intimidation sentence at the same time with a separate two-year sentence for assaulting another prisoner.

Defense attorney Shane Silverthorn has already filed a notice of appeal for the conviction

Court documents say VanWinkle told his now-former attorney, Alexandria Sheridan, that he would “chop (Judge Alex Ekstrom) up in his chambers” if he had to start wearing leg shackles and a belly chain in court. He’s also accused of threatening Sheridan and Deputy Prosecutor Kristin McRoberts.

At Tuesday’s hearing, VanWinkle said his comments were taken out of context.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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