Hartford Man Accused of Threatening Judge Pleads Guilty

A 62-year-old Hartford man who was accused of threatening the judge presiding over his case pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to a federal law enforcement agent investigating threats against a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge.

Dusan Mladen, also known as David Mladen, 62, of Hartford, was arrested and charged with threatening a federal official, according to the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Officials said Mladen was a party in a proceeding that was pending before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

He previously owned Eternal Enterprise, Inc., the owner of eight apartment buildings in Hartford, and has continued to be active in the management and decision making for the company, according to federal officials.

On July 5, the judge presiding over the Eternal Enterprise case found a handwritten note in the mailbox at her home and it said “BACK OFF,” “YOU ARE OVERSTEPPING AUTHORITY” and “JUST WARNING FOR NOW,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Then, on July 10, the judge received a phone call at her home and the caller said he had gone to the judge’s house last week and “I left a message for you,” officials said.

He then said that he wanted her to file an order “extending the deadline to September 30,” and “then maybe everything will be OK,” federal officials said.

The caller refused to identify himself, but the judge recognized the voice as Mladen’s, officials said.

The U.S. Marshal Service then determined that the cell phone the call was placed from was in the vicinity of Mladen’s residence, officials said.

Deputy marshals spoke with Mladen at his home and federal officials said he was arrested after making additional threatening statements about the judge.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

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