Man to stand trial for scaring judge
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.