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Inmate sent threatening letter to parole board, charges state

By McKenzie Romero | Posted - Apr 8th, 2014 @ 7:30am


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UTAH STATE PRISON — A Davis County man barely three years into a 57-year prison sentence has been charged with sending a threatening letter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole from behind bars.

Ramon Rivera, 28, was charged in 3rd District Court Monday with retaliating against a member of the parole board and members of that person's loved ones, a third-degree felony.

Rivera allegedly sent a letter containing "veiled, generic threats" to the board's Salt Lake County office. Those could include threats "to assault, kidnap or murder a judge or member of the Board of Pardons and Parole," according to the charges.

Rivera told investigators that he sent the letter to the board "because he hates them," but he wasn't targeting anyone specific, the charges state.

Investigators described Rivera as laughing and acting excited that being criminally charged for the threats may include a "field trip" to appear in court.

A federal judge sentenced Rivera to 57 years in prison in 2011 after he was convicted for a string of armed robberies in 2009, including robberies of Family Dollar stores in Clinton and Layton.

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