A Kenai man was sentenced to spend five years in federal prison for threatening to kill the family of a state court judge.

Steven Bachmeier, 43, was sentenced on Friday for the threat made in a court filing, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for Alaska.

Bachmeier was convicted by a federal jury in January 2019 of mailing a threatening communication.

According to court documents, the first threat was made at a 2010 court hearing when the judge would not allow Bachmeier to withdraw a guilty plea in a felony criminal case according to court documents. Bachmeier then threatened to “carve the flesh” from the judge’s children.

Then in a 2017 civil case, Bachmeier was assigned the same judge when he started the process to have his name legally changed. In a mailed pleading, he wrote that he had told the judge in the past that he was going to kill her family and still intended to.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Bachmeier received the maximum sentence followed by three years of supervised release.

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