Crime & Courts

Man gets extra jail time for mailing a threat to kill Charlotte-based federal judge

A former Fayetteville man will serve an extra 41 months in prison for mailing a threat to kill a federal judge, a former Charlotte-based U.S. attorney and an assistant prosecutor, officials say.

District Judge Max Cogburn sentenced George Victor Stokes, 42, on Thursday. Stokes will serve the federal sentence when a state prison term he's already serving expires.

In 2016, according to an indictment, Stokes mailed a letter to Charlotte-based Senior District Judge Richard Voorhees saying the federal judge "is going to die" and that Stokes would "blow" Voorhees' "head off." The letter also threatened the lives of two members of the U.S. attorney's staff.

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George Victor Stokes, 42, a former Fayetteville man, will serve an extra 41 months in prison for mailing a threat to kill a federal judge, a former Charlotte-based U.S. attorney and an assistant prosecutor, officials say. Courtesy of the N.C. Department of Public Safety

Federal officials said Stokes admitted he sent the threat in retaliation for his prosecution in an earlier case involving threats.

A federal indictment from 2014 says Stokes had mailed threats to a New York City federal courthouse to kill "all the white judges in this court" and to "blow up this court."

In a twist to Thursday's sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors sought to block evidence that Stokes had been assaulted by two sheriff's deputies.

In a court filing, prosecutors described reports from the U.S. Marshal Service that say Stokes had gotten into an altercation with deputies at the Cherokee County Jail, where he was being held while in federal custody. Stokes got stitches at a hospital for a cut lip after one deputy kicked him in the face while Stokes was handcuffed, the filing says.

Two jail guards lost their jobs after the altercation, Carolina Public Press reported earlier in June. The news outlet said the State Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the incident.

Records show Stokes was sentenced in Hoke County in 2012 to 30 years in state prison for armed robbery, attempted kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon. He's expected to be released on those charges in 2040 and begin serving his federal sentence.

N.C. records show Stokes has been cited for 27 infractions in state prison since 2013, including two assaults and eight threats against prison staff.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051; @bhender
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