Ramsey County District Judge George Stephenson learned from a criminal complaint that a wanted felon, Peter Okezie Kalu, had threatened to kill him even though Stephenson had had no prior contact with Kalu.
The criminal complaint stated that Kalu had declared that he was going to look up the judge online and “kill him before police could catch me.” Taking the threat seriously, Judge Stephenson accessed the man’s mug shots and studied them. He learned that Kalu had also threatened to kill a federal judge in Minneapolis for denying him benefits.
Initially, Peter Okezie Kalu pleaded guilty to mail theft after he was stopped for speeding and 200 pieces of mail addressed to residents and business in the area were found in his car. In February 2011, Kalu received three years probation. One of the conditions of his probation was that he contact his probation officer and if he did not, he was told he would serve 15 months for violation of the terms of his probation. Judge Stephenson did not handle the case.
Stephenson’s first involvement with Kalu came when he signed a warrant for Kalu’s arrest because he had indeed violated the terms of his probation.
Imagine Stephenson’s surprise when Kalu, the man whose mug shots he had studied so carefully, walked into his 13th-floor courtroom this past Monday.
When Stephenson asked him to sit down, Kalu walked out of the courtroom. At the judge’s direction, one of the deputies brought him back inside. Kalu was unarmed, but in a bag he was carrying was a typewritten statement that clearly stated his intent. It read, in part, “I will kill you… I will gun you down in front of everybody before I turn myself [in] to the mental hospital.”
Kalu was charged with making terrorist threats.
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