- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida inmate has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for threatening a judge who presided over his case.

Court records show 30-year-old Craig Pope was sentenced Tuesday in Pensacola federal court. He pleaded guilty in June to mailing threatening communications and threatening use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Authorities say Pope was an inmate at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution last spring when he sent two threatening letters to a Hillsborough County judge. The first letter said someone would die if Pope wasn’t returned to court within 48 hours. The second letter contained a white powder and threatened that a bomb was set to go off. Testing determined the powder wasn’t dangerous.

Pope also claimed a connection to the Islamic State terrorist group.

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