TAMPA, Fla. — Federal authorities say a jail inmate who supports the Islamic State group is accused of plotting to kill an 80-year-old federal judge in Florida.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted 39-year-old Jason Jerome Springer on a charge of threatening to assault or kill U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Springer was awaiting trial on a gun violation charge when he told other inmates he wanted to kill Kovachevich, and would do so if released.
Court documents say Springer mentioned flying an “explosive-packed drone” into her office and tried to learn her home address.
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An inquiry began in February when an inmate reported Springer had prayed for Kovachevich’s death.
Prosecutors say social-media postings indicate he’s sympathetic to the terrorist group.
An attorney for Springer isn’t listed.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.