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Inmate Threatened|a Federal Judge

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A federal jury found an imprisoned murderer guilty of threatening a federal judge.

Eric Anthony Lopez was convicted after a 2-day jury trial, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco said in a statement.

Lopez was convicted of sending a threatening letter to U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, of the Southern District of California, in San Diego.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego was recused from the case, which was prosecuted by the Northern District Office.

Lopez is serving 25 years to life on a 2003 conviction of first-degree murder, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He will be sentenced on May 14. The maximum penalty he faces is 10 years.

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