Hamden Man Accused of Mailing Dozens of Threatening Letters Pleads Guilty

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A Hamden man who was accused of sending dozens of threatening letters to journalists, judges and other public officials has pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Department of Justice said 43-year-old Garrett Santillo was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on July 6, 2022. Court documents said that between March and June, Santillo mailed more than 100 letters containing threatening and hateful statements to public officials, as well as individuals in Connecticut and elsewhere.

Officials said several letters that he sent out contained death threats.

Santillo pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of mailing threatening communications to a United States Judge.  He has been released on a $100,000 bond since he was arrested.

No sentencing has been set.

According to court documents, Santillo has been federally prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for mailing threatening letters three prior times. Officials said he completed his most recent term of federal supervision in Aug. 2021.

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