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CT Resident Admits Making Numerous Hoax Threats, Feds Say

Gary Joseph Gravelle, also known as Roland Prejean, 52, of New Haven, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to making threats.
Gary Joseph Gravelle, also known as Roland Prejean, 52, of New Haven, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to making threats. Photo Credit: Contributed

A Connecticut man with a history of making threats has admitted to making a new round of threats that involved killing, injuring, intimidating people and exploding property.

Gary Joseph Gravelle, also known as Roland Prejean, 52, of New Haven, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to seven charges related to a series of threats he made and further admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release following his earlier federal conviction for sending threatening communications.

Specifically, Gravelle pleaded guilty to five counts of maliciously conveying false information about an explosive, one count of sending hoax Anthrax letters and one count of making threats against the President.

U.S. Attorney John Durham said that in September 2018, Gravelle used the U.S. mail, e-mail, and telephone to threaten to harm people and explode property in Connecticut, Vermont, and Washington.

Some of the letters that Gravelle mailed contained a white powdery substance and statements that the substance was Anthrax.

Gravelle admitted to making threats to various mental health providers and facilities in New Haven, U.S. Probation Officers, a U.S. District Court Judge, an international airport in Vermont, a federal prison in Washington, occupants of a building in Old Saybrook, a credit union in Bristol, and organizations and religious centers in Connecticut.  He also sent a letter threatening to kill the President of the United States.

On July 19, 2013, Gravelle was sentenced in Bridgeport federal court to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for mailing numerous threatening letters in 2010.  Gravelle was released from prison in 2015 and, in September 2018, was still under federal supervision.

Durham noted that in pleading guilty, Gravelle also admitted that he failed to comply with conditions of his supervised release, by violating federal and state law by engaging in the threatening conduct in September 2018.

Gravelle faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the top counts when he is sentenced on Thursday, March 26.

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