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Feds say Texas man made threats on law enforcement

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The government says threats were made by mail against a federal prosecutor in Dallas by a man already serving time in a Texas prison.

The threat came in last month. The government says it promised retaliation against an Assistant U.S. Attorney for prosecuting members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

Authorities say the threat came after the murder of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and before the murders of Kaufman District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia.

Jesse Brister is currently in the Texas prison system.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of mailing threatening communications to law enforcement at the federal building in Dallas.

The indictment alleges Jesse Brister, aka "Bozo" "knowingly caused to be delivered by the postal service to the United States Attorney a threat in retaliation for the prosecution of members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT)."

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana said in an email release, "based on the serious nature of the threats in these letters, resources were diverted from important investigations, such as those in Kaufman County, to investigate these threats, which ultimately proved to be hoaxes. This diverts resources from essentially the execution of two state prosecutors because that's what it is they were assassinated and I think there's a herculean effort of law enforcement to investigate those murders."

The government has not released the content of the threats, but, does say the threats were investigated by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, Texas Rangers, FBI and more.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

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