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Prisoner convicted of sending threat to San Diego federal judge

February 21, 2012 |  5:13 pm

A prisoner serving a 25-years-to-life term for murder has been convicted of sending a death threat to a San Diego federal judge.

Eric Anthony Lopez, convicted of murder in 2003, sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez threatening to "bring death" to her with anthrax powder, prosecutors said. He was convicted last week in the threat case after a two-day trial in San Diego federal court.

Lopez faces sentencing May 14 by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns. Lopez faces a possible maximum of 10 years in prison.

In his letter, Lopez referred to himself as Your Grim Reaper, according to evidence presented by prosecutors.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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