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Man found guilty of letter threats

Brian Curry, a Buffalo-area laborer, was convicted Wednesday of sending four threatening letters to his former common-law wife and one of their three children after he got out of jail last year.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Matthew J. Murphy III found Curry, 38, guilty as charged on three counts of aggravated criminal contempt for the August 2007 letters.

Curry, who will be behind bars pending his Dec. 19 sentencing, faces a mandatory state prison term of from two to 21 years, according to trial prosecutor Justin T. Wallens.

Curry had requested a nonjury trial, and Murphy, a Niagara County judge, was assigned to the case after Buffalo-area judges recused themselves. The trial lasted two days.

Wallens said Curry's former common-law wife contacted authorities in New Hampshire, where she was then living, and the Erie County district attorney's office when the threatening letters began arriving again within days of Curry's release from jail here about 14 months ago.

Wallens said that State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges jailed Curry last year for several months as a result of earlier threatening letters he sent to the woman, who changed her name and Social Security number after the former high school sweethearts broke up in 2001.

Wallens said Curry somehow located the battered women's shelter in that state where the woman and their children were living and began sending more threatening letters to her and their oldest child in August 2007.

Robert N. Convissar, Curry's lawyer, said the conviction will be appealed.

Wallens said authorities have copies of at least 100 handwritten threatening letters Curry sent over the past seven years.


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