Man Gets More Prison Time For Threatening Court Officials

September 06, 2018 - 12:26 pm

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man serving prison time for threatening a state judge has been sentenced to four more months behind bars for making online threats to kill judges and employees at the state courthouse in Middletown.

The Day newspaper reports Edward Taupier, of Cromwell, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to five counts of misdemeanor threatening. He and his lawyer, Norman Pattis, maintain that his comments were protected by free speech rights.

Police say Taupier created Facebook posts urging people to kill court employees and referenced officials at Middletown Superior Court.

The four-month sentence will run concurrent with the 18-month sentence he is serving for threatening a family court judge who presided over his divorce case. He's scheduled to be released from prison on Dec. 26 at the latest.