A Kenai man was convicted Wednesday of making a graphic threat to kill the family of a state Superior Court judge.

In just three hours a federal jury found Steven Bachmeier guilty of sending the threat through the mail, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder's office.

Federal prosecutors say that the case dates back to 2010, when Bachmeier pleaded guilty in a state felony criminal case. He then asked to withdraw his plea, but the judge denied his requests.

An angry Bachmeier threatened to "carve the flesh" from the judge's children, prosecutors wrote. During a different case seven years later, when Bachmeier was assigned the same judge, he sent a message to the court saying he had threatened to kill her family in the past and still intended to do so.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 2. The maximum penalty Bachmeier faces is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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