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Man sentenced for threatening U.S. attorney

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty to threatening to murder former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten - as well as members of Letten's family - has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

57-year-old Gerald P. Estrade will be transferred to a federal prison in the next few weeks to serve his sentence.

U.S. District Judge James Brady handed down the sentence Tuesday, which included a recommendation that Estrade get mental help. Brady had previously found Estrade competent to stand trial after having him examined by mental health experts.

Court records say Letten met Estrade in 1999 or 2001 while Letten walked his dog and they talked briefly. Estrade allegedly told the FBI that Letten caused him problems over a threatening letter Estrade wrote in 2005 or 2006.

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