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Threats sent to Meeker County judge, assistant attorney
Sept. 30, 2013

By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A St. Cloud man is facing two felony terroristic threat charges after allegedly sending a letter to the Meeker County Courthouse threatening to kill Minnesota District Court Senior Judge Steven E. Drange and District Attorney Rick Lanners; both of which work out of the Meeker County Courthouse.

Jorge Ozornia, 44, of St. Cloud is facing two felony counts of terroristic threats for threatening to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another, according to a criminal complaint from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

“We take these threats very seriously,” said Meeker County Attorney Tony Spector.

The letter arrived at the Meeker County Courthouse via US Mail the morning of Sept. 17, and had a return address of Jorge Ozornia at the Salvation Army Shelter, 400 Hwy. 10 South in St. Cloud, according to the complaint

The letter, which was handwritten and dated Friday, Sept. 13, stated, “Hi, I still haven’t forgotten about you Judge Drange. I bought a 357 caliber pistol and soon I am going to Litchfield to the courthouse and kill you. And the district attorney Rick Lanners.”

The letter was signed by Ozornia, according to the complaint.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is familiar with Ozornia, who in 2002 also sent correspondence to Judge Drange threatening to kill him and a Minnesota Department of Corrections employee, according to the complaint.

A comparison of the most recent letter and writing samples confirmed to be those of Ozornia yielded a match.

Ozornia has a history of violence, with convictions of terroristic threats, assault on a peace officer, and fifth degree assault.

If convicted, each felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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