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Charges filed after threat to judge



Published: Fri, April 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defendant faces more than 11 years behind bars if convicted on all charges.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted the man accused of threatening to kill Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of common pleas court and his wife.

The jurors returned an indictment Thursday against Kenneth Favors, 51, of West Delason Avenue, on charges of intimidation, retaliation and two counts of telecommunications harassment.

The intimidation, retaliation and one of the telecommunications harassment charges are felonies, and the total maximum punishment is 11 years in prison.

The other telecommunications harassment charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in county jail.

What complaint alleges

According to the charge filed by the county sheriff's department, Favors, who was in the county jail on a charge of breaking and entering, placed two collect calls from the jail to Judge Krichbaum's home on April 20. Both calls were taken by the judge's wife.

In the first call, the caller threatened to kill the judge. A few minutes later, the same person called and threatened her.

The judge's son notified his father, who in turn called the sheriff's department.

The jail's surveillance cameras recorded Favors making phone calls at the same time Mrs. Krichbaum got the threatening calls, authorities said.

Judge Krichbaum twice has sentenced Favors to prison on a variety of charges, and the breaking-and-entering charge that landed him in jail also initially was assigned to the judge.

Favors is the second person recently accused of threatening a judge.

On April 6, Nora K. Anthony, 56, of Campbell, twice called the common pleas court's assignment office threatening to "take out" common pleas Judge Maureen A. Sweeney, according to reports. Anthony is in the county jail on a retaliation charge. Her trial is set for June 8 before Judge Jack M. Durkin.




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