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Kenny Richey, Former Death Row Briton Faces Jail Again After Judge Threats

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Kenny Richey, a former death row inmate, could face jail again after threatening a judge
Kenny Richey, a former death row inmate, could face jail again after threatening a judge

A Briton who spent two decades on Death Row could be sent back to jail in America after admitting threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case.

Kenny Richey pleaded guilty to a retaliation charge and now faces up to three years in prison. He will be sentenced in Ohio on May 7.

The 47-year-old Scot agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge that he broke a protection order when he called the Putnam County courthouse in Ottawa on New Year's Eve.

Investigators said Richey was at his home in Tupelo, Mississippi, when he left the phone message for county judge Randall Basinger, warning that he was coming to get him.

Richey returned to Scotland in January 2008 after 21 years in a US prison awaiting execution.

The former marine, who was born to a Scottish mother and American father, walked free in 2008 under a plea deal after a federal court overturned his death sentence.

He had been convicted of starting a fire that killed a toddler. He denied any involvement and became well-known in Britain as he fought for his release.

He now lives in Tupelo, where he was arrested in January.