By Jacob Mathias
An imprisoned man, formerly of Stevens Point, faces up to 20 years imprisonment after allegedly threatening a Portage County Circuit Court judge in a letter sent from prison.
Roy Strait, 42, is charged with two counts of threats to a judge, a felony for which he could see up to a $10,000 fine, six years imprisonment or both for each count. An additional four years imprisonment can be added to each charge as he is a repeat offender having been convicted of felony arson charges in 2014.
According to court documents, Judge Thomas Flugaur received two letters from Strait in July and Sept. of 2015. Strait is incarcerated in the New Lisbon Correction Institution. In one letter Strait allegedly threatens the Flugaur, writing, “I been taking my meds [sic] but I still feel I want to kill you when I get out in 2029.”
“I’m barely doing ok here, and I know if released I’ll kill,” the letter continues. “I don’t know how but I will.”
Flugaur sentenced Strait to 15 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of arson in 2014.
A detective at the Portage Co Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Flugaur last September to report the letter. Strait’s social worker was then contacted by a detective, and Strait was advised to stop sending letters to Judge Flugaur.
“I still have thoughts of killing.” Strait wrote in another letter. “2029 is my mandatory release, I get out I’ll kill just to get back in jail/prison/wrc.”
Detectives spoke with Strait on October 7, 2015. After being advised of his rights, Strait admitted to writing the letters and threatening Judge Flugaur.
Strait is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court on May 31, 2016 at 1:30 PM.