Ohio inmate sentenced to 9 years for sending threatening letters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — An Ohio inmate has been sentenced in federal court to nine years in prison for writing threatening letters and sending them to government officials, judges and newspapers.

Between July 2017 and July 2018, 39-year-old Sean Heisa sent at least 15 threatening letters to officials across Ohio while serving a 37-year sentence for robbery in Fairfield County. , according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the South. District of Ohio, Kenneith L. Parker.

Heisa sent several letters he believed contained anthrax, including one in August 2017 to the City Manager of Painesville, in which Heisa described what was about to happen: “#1 – You’re going to have trouble breathing; #2- You will die; #3 – You will become a martyr for a cause and an organization much bigger than you.

Heisa also sent letters he said contained fentanyl, including one to a Fairfield County Court of Pleas judge, who had presided over several of Heisa’s hearings on robbery charges. “That’s enough Fentanyl to kill you and several colleagues [sic]. You deserve a more painful death, but it will be okay,” the letter read.

“Heisa had access to what he believed to be fentanyl in prison and knew that if he could send enough fentanyl it could kill someone, which is why he mentioned it in several of his letters. Heisa chose to ingest the substance instead of mailing it,” Parker’s statement read.

Heisa has also been threatened with anthrax, fentanyl or the use of explosive devices:

  • Coshocton Municipal Courthouse
  • Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
  • Mike DeWine, then Ohio Attorney General and now its Governor
  • Former Director of Ohio Prisons
  • Columbus Expedition
  • Circleville Herald
  • Ohio State University

Heisa was federally charged in December 2018 and pleaded guilty in October 2019 to providing false information or pranks and sending threatening communications.

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