The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that William J. Mabie was sentenced to 88 months in prison on multiple charges involving his threatens to kill, injure, and intimidate several local people, including a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Lieutenant and his family.
According to testimony presented at trial, beginning in May 2008, officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department began investigating Mabie for creating and sending numerous threatening communications to individuals in the St. Louis area, including law enforcement officers and area civilians. The communications included threatening telephone calls, emails, and letters. In the voluminous communications, Mabie repeatedly threatened to kill, injure, and otherwise harm and intimidate people. In some instances, Mabie called regional area police departments and said that he planned to engage in “gunfights” with officers saying that “the officer would look good in cemetery blue like Bob Stanze the day he died.” Mabie wrote similar threatening letters to other citizens stating that he would kill or injure other people and it “would take hours to clean up the blood.” Mabie also sent letters threatening to come to the homes of two former Franklin County Assistant Prosecutors and harm them.
Mabie, 50, Festus, was convicted in August of three felony counts of mailing threatening communications and one felony count of interstate communication of threats after a three-day trial before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys John Ware and John Sauer prosecuted the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.