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Woman avoids institution after threatening to kill federal judge

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Rapids woman will not be institutionalized for threatening to kill a federal administrative law judge.

Norma Prince was put on three years' probation Thursday. Federal Judge Lynn Adelman said the 51-year-old Prince can control her mental health issues with medication and proper supervision.

The threat was made in January of last year, during a hearing in Wausau on Prince's Social Security disability benefits.

Authorities said Prince got upset and threatened to shoot Judge Thomas Sanzi, who presided over the hearing by telephone. She also threatened to cut off the judge's head before the hearing was abruptly adjourned.

Prince's husband told a federal agent that his wife bought a pair of 22-caliber rifles about a month before her hearing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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