Inmate admits to writing letter threatening to kill LePage

kevin bennett | Bangor Daily News
Posted Feb. 28, 2011, at 1:38 p.m.
Last modified March 01, 2011, at 9:35 a.m.
Piscataquis Cty Sheriffs office | Piscataquis Cty Sheriffs office

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Bangor man admitted his guilt Monday in Dover-Foxcroft District Court to penning a letter that included mortal threats to Gov. Paul LePage.

Leroy Dunn, 29, who is a Penobscot County inmate being boarded at the Piscataquis County Jail, pleaded guilty to terrorizing in connection with a letter he wrote that described how he planned to kill the governor.

Dunn will be sentenced on the terrorizing charge at the same time he is sentenced on an aggravated drug-trafficking charge in Penobscot County. That court date is currently unknown.

Dunn had asked that a sentence be meted out on Monday, but  Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy told Judge Kevin Stitham that he discussed the case with the governor’s security detail and had advised it that the case would be transferred to the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Almy said Dunn has a prior criminal history that includes carrying a concealed weapon and negotiating a worthless instrument, as well as theft and criminal mischief.

Dunn wrote the letter to LePage on white-lined paper and then folded it up and pushed it under his cell door into the jail hallway on Jan. 29, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

Dow said inmates who want to send a letter typically enclose them in envelopes and slip them under their their cell doors for the guards to mail.

Dave Harmon, the jail’s administrator, said last month that Dunn’s letter was read because it was not in an envelope. Jail officials cannot censor an inmate’s mail, he said. Stamps are placed on the letters and notations are made that the letters come from a correctional facility. Harmon said that if inmates are indigent the county provides stamps for three letters a week. Others pay for their own stamps.

The letter from Dunn’s cell, which was signed by him, graphically detailed how he planned to kill the governor and said he hated him, according to Dow.

It is unknown if Dunn has ever met LePage.

LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt confirmed last month that the governor had been notified about a threatening letter. Demeritt declined to comment on Dunn’s case.

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