Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Case Alleging Threat Ends in Mistrial.

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

A federal jury could not decide last week whether a Mountainair man threatened a federal judge with what he wrote in court pleadings.

Jurors deliberated over two days before telling U.S. 10th Circuit Judge Paul Kelly twice on Oct. 25 that they were deadlocked in the case of Alfred Ray Brannon, 59. Kelly declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to retry Brannon.

Brannon was tried on two counts each of mailing threatening communications and obstruction of justice by endeavoring to influence a judicial officer.

An indictment alleges the threats were made in pleadings he mailed to Albuquerque attorney Sean Olivas, who represented some defendants in a federal lawsuit Brannon filed against 29 people, including state judges, state prosecutors and police officers. …

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