Man to stand trial for scar­ing judge

The Star Malaysia - - World -

MONESSEN (Penn­syl­va­nia): A Penn­syl­va­nia man has been or­dered to stand trial on charges he threat­ened a judge by send­ing her a let­ter, in­clud­ing a pic­ture of Han­ni­bal Lecter.

Gregg Tchirkow, of Monessen, claimed at a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing that the pic­ture was a “cry for help” and a way to tell the court he needed psy­chi­atric help when tran­si­tion­ing from prison to free­dom.

Lecter is the crim­i­nally in­sane psy­chi­a­trist who helps an FBI agent track a se­rial killer in the film The Si­lence of the Lambs.

West­more­land County Judge Mea­gan Bi­lik-De­fazio sent Tchirkow to prison for 18 to 36 months in 2015 for grow­ing mar­i­juana in his home. Pros­e­cu­tors con­tend the let­ter was sent in re­tal­i­a­tion and to ter­rorise the judge.

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