MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Feds are investigating death threats made to local federal judges, prosecutors, and court workers and their families.
Four letters were sent to the federal courthouse by men, possibly inmates, who appear to be involved in a white supremacist hate group. The Local I-Team has copies of the letters and found out what's being done about it.
U.S. District Attorney Michael Dunavant said he is aware of the threat, and the U.S. Marshals Service and FBI are investigating. He went on to say we take all threats to federal employees and facilities seriously.
The letters say things like there is a bomb in the building, mentions 901 Confederates, and #savethestatues. There are also letters saying the inmates have people who are going to kill and torture federal workers and their families.
The letters are signed by what are believed to be four inmates at a prison in Marianna, Arkansas. All are in prison doing time for serious crimes.
The name on the return address is Arron Lewis, with his inmate number. Lewis was convicted in 2016 for murdering Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter.
The letter writers also appear to be members of the Aryan Nation. One letter says, “the inmate is taking every step to recruit anti-government soldiers.” Another says, “this is a call for Aryan resurgence… that they are members of a vanguard of Aryan resurgence and ultimately total Aryan victory.”
District Attorney Mike Dunavant says the U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing and following their normal protocol for heightened security measures for the federal building and personnel. A spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Corrections says they are cooperating with the U.S. Marshals Service, and referred any questions about potential charges against the inmates to the feds.