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Man gets 15 mos. for mail threats to black churches

Man gets 15 mos. for mail threats to black churches
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By Ira Kantor  |   Tuesday, July 26, 2011  | |  Local Coverage

A Medford man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for mailing threatening letters to churches and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People offices, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said yesterday.

Jeffrey Smith, 46, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $1,300 special assessment and have no contact with two people he had also sent threatening letters to in Providence and North Carolina.

Smith had been incarcerated on these charges since last July, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was released to the custody of the Department of Mental Health.

Smith previously pleaded guilty to 11 counts of mailing letters threatening to burn down four NAACP headquarters and seven predominantly black churches in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Rhode Island, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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