Man to serve 15 years for sending threatening mail to feds

Wednesday - 9/4/2013, 12:47pm EDT

An Arkansas man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for sending threatening letters to federal employees and a federal district judge.

Court records say Leroy Selsor mailed a threatening letter to a district judge and an assistant U.S. Attorney on Nov. 1, 2011. Selsor threatened to injure them by placing a car bomb in their vehicles.

Three days later, Selsor mailed a second letter, which contained a white powdery substance and threatened exposure to a virus. Selsor sent a third letter on Jan. 10, 2012 to the Social Security Administration containing a white powdery substance and threatening exposure to Anthrax.

"Threats of violence, like the ones made by Leroy Selsor, are something this office takes very seriously," Connor Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas, said. "This office will continue to protect an individual's right to be free from fear, and those who attempt to evoke terror in our communities will be brought to justice."

Selsor was originally indicted on Aug. 7, 2012. He pleaded guilty to one count of mailing threatening communications and one count of false information and hoaxes on April 5, 2013.

"Sending a threatening letter — even if it's a hoax — is a serious crime," FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall C. Coleman said. "It demands a multi-agency response and causes a drain on resources. We will continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to aggressively investigate these matters."

Selsor will serve his 15 years in prison without parole, followed by three years of supervised release.