Woman’s Prison Sentence Upheld 20 Feb 13

A federal appeals court has upheld a New Prague woman’s 15-year sentence for threatening to kill two law enforcement officers. Kim Rolene Hutterer pleaded guilty in July 2011 to counts stemming from threats she made to a federal prisons corrections officer, and to FBI Special Agent Dean Scheidler, who arrested her decades earlier for making bomb threats against an airline. Hutterer had reportedly sent graphic threats to Scheidler for years, and after pleading guilty, she continued to write letters to Scheidler, his wife and other authorities. Hutterer’s attorneys argued that her 15-year sentence was unreasonable. But a three-judge panel of appeals court judges ruled on Tuesday that the higher sentence was proper. They said that since Hutterer continued to send threatening letters after pleading guilty, she did not accept responsibility for her actions, among other things