A 28-year-old black man has been charged with sending threats signed from the KKK to officials in the southern Illinois community of O’Fallon.
Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted Justin Lamar Kidd of two counts of maliciously conveying a false threat.
Officials allege Kidd is behind two November 2006 letters to the O’Fallon Police Department and City Hall. Both are signed “KKK warning.”
The police letter warns that an apartment complex would be burned down if “all the blacks” aren’t removed.
The City Hall letter threatens to burn down the homes of black residents if they’re allowed to stay.
Kidd was arrested Wednesday and is being held in federal custody.
A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for him. It wasn’t immediately clear who he’s being represented by.
The news release from the U.S. Attorney:
A former O’Fallon resident is charged with conveying false threats to the O’Fallon Police Department and O’Fallon City Hall in November of 2006, the U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced today.
Justin Lamar Kidd, age 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 25, 2011. The grand jury returned an indictment charging Kidd with mailing a letter on or around Nov. 9, 2006, to the O’Fallon Police Department, which stated:
“Get all the blacks from Chevy Chase Apartments from out of O’Fallon before we burn the [w]hole complex down. KKK warning,” and, then, with mailing another letter on or about Nov. 18, 2006, to the O’Fallon City Hall, which stated: “Get all the blacks out of O’Fallon before we start burning the[ir] houses down.” Kidd, an African-American, sent these threats, knowing them to be false.
Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment charge the offense of conveying false threats in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 844(e), which carries a maximum sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both, and up to three (3) years’ supervised release. Kidd’s initial appearance before the district court was held in East St Louis on April 7, 2011.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the O’Fallon Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.