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Lakeville Man Charged for Threatening to Kill Ramsey County Judge

Updated: 02/11/2014 7:45 PM
Created: 02/11/2014 7:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A Lakeville man has been charged with mail theft and threatening a Ramsey County judge.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 6, 30-year-old Peter Kalu made threats to kill Ramsey County District Court Judge George Stephenson to his probation officer. He learned the judge issued a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.

Kalu was arrested by Minnesota State troopers near Interstate 94 and Hamline Avenue. During the arrest troopers found nearly 200 pieces of mail from several different people and businesses in Kalu’s vehicle. They arrested him for mail theft and the probation officer issued a felony warrant for Kalu’s arrest.

The probation officer also reported two weeks earlier, Kalu threatened to kill a federal judge in Minneapolis because he thought the judge denied him social security benefits and he was upset over it.

On Feb. 10, St. Paul police were notified Kalu was arrested in Judge Stephenson’s courtroom in the Ramsey County Courthouse. According to the complaint, Kalu had no legal reason to be in the courtroom that morning and he didn’t check in with the clerk.

Kalu sat in the viewing area and was wearing a skull-type hat, earphones and large aviator-type glasses. When he was told to remove his glasses and earphones he got up and left the courtroom, according to the complaint. He returned and sat down and that’s when Judge Stephenson recognized him and called deputies. He was arrested while he was trying to get on the elevator.

During the arrest a typed letter was found with threats to kill Judge Stephenson. According to the complaint, the letter stated “I will kill you” several times.

Kalu admitted he was mad at the judge because he violated his probation. He also said he thought the judge wanted to put him in jail so the judge could take his benefits, the complaint states. Kalu also admitted he was going to give the letter to the judge and that his friend, Mike, told him to do it.

Kalu said he made the threats because he thought the judge wanted to kill him.

According to the complaint Kalu has a history of mail theft, violations of restraining orders, card fraud and assault.

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