Florida prisoner planned to use stimulus checks to pay hitman to kill federal judge, FBI says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida prisoner accused of threatening to hire a hitman to kill a federal judge and his family has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Curtis Brown, 35, sent a handwritten letter to a federal judge’s office on Nov. 30, 2021, while he was being held at the Florida state prison in Raeford, investigators said.

The judge’s “recent denial of reasonable relief” left Brown no choice but to use his federal stimulus funds to pay for the judge’s killing, the letter noted.

Brown said if he couldn’t find a judge in time, he would make arrangements for a judge’s family.

The Justice Department said the letter was signed by Brown, and beneath his signature was a statement saying the letter should be kept secret or it would get worse.

Brown faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.