On Jan. 31, Larry Boyd Wren II pleaded guilty to writing a letter that could lead to him serving up to 10 years in prison and paying a fine of up to $250,000. Wren, an inmate in the Brown County jail, pleaded guilty to one count of mailing threatening communications. His addressee: U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings of the Northern District of Texas. According to a factual résumé that Wren and his lawyer, federal public defender Michael King in Lubbock, signed — and filed on the same day of Wren’s guilty plea — Wren wrote the letter to Cummings in June 2012 when Wren was incarcerated in Brown County, accused of committing several state offenses. According to the factual résumé, Wren previously had been convicted in the Western District of Texas for a firearms offense, then his case was moved to the Northern District of Texas. The factual résumé states that Wren wanted to make sure that the time he served for the state offenses also kept the clock going for his federal sentence of 41 months, to be followed by three years of supervised release. According to the factual résumé, Wren expressed his frustration with his incarceration and lack of legal resources, writing in the letter to Cummings: “[Y]ou can either review my fed & state situation or I’ll cut your fucking head off and earn a real charge!” King says his client was seeking to be taken into federal custody to ask for a resolution on his revocation of supervised release. Due to the letter, King says, Wren’s case was transferred from Cummings to U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in the Northern District of Texas.
— Miriam Rozen