Convicted felon, Wilbert Stephens admits threatening to kill a witness and a federal judge
Gang member made threats after sentencing on weapons charge
BRUNSWICK, GA (STL.News) A convicted felon and gang member faces substantial additional time in federal prison after admitting he threatened a witness and a federal judge.
Wilbert Stephens, 29, of Brunswick, Ga., pled guilty in U.S. District Court to Solicitation to Commit a Crime of Violence and Mailing Threatening Communications, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Stephens’ guilty plea subjects him to a statutory sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and substantial financial penalties, followed by up to three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
“Less than a year ago, Wilbert Stephens was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a firearms charge related to a drug trafficking investigation, and rather than accept responsibility for his criminal behavior, he sought to retaliate against those who held him accountable,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “He’ll now learn that his actions will keep him behind bars for a very long time – and our community will be safer as a result.”
As described in court documents and testimony, Stephens was indicted in U.S.