Garrett Santillo admits mailing death threats to Connecticut governor, judges

Hollywood man pleads guilty in federal court, faces up to 10 years in prison

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A Hollywood man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to mailing numerous threatening letters to Connecticut residents, including the governor and two federal judges.

Garrett Santillo, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of mailing threatening communications.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a federal judge received a threatening letter in the mail last summer. The letter was postmarked July 11 from Miami, but it had no return address.

The letter read: "You (sic) home addresses in Conn. are public information and if you mask your identity by name or appearance, we can still track you to wherever you go and will kill you if you don't follow what this letter instructs."

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More than a dozen others, including another federal judge and the governor of Connecticut, received letters containing death threats.

All of the letters were handwritten, mailed from the Miami area and had no return address.

The FBI later determined that Santillo wrote and mailed the letters. He was arrested at his home in September.

Santillo, who has been in jail since his arrest, has two prior federal convictions for sending threatening communications. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in May.

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