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Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty for Threat to Judge
October 16, 2023
LANSING – Friday, Christopher Shenberger, 43, of White Lake and currently incarcerated at Carson City Correctional Facility, pled guilty to one count of Attempted False Report or Threat of Terrorism as a habitual fourth offender for threatening his sentencing judge, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Shenberger sent a letter to an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge in December of 2021 threatening her life. In 2016, the Circuit Court Judge sentenced Shenberger to the 75–180-month prison sentence he is currently serving for two-counts of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and one count of criminal sexual conduct 4th degree. In the letter, Shenberger complained about potentially being denied parole for not completing a required sex offender program while incarcerated. Shenberger wrote that were he required to serve his maximum sentence, he would put “everyone’s name on that docket” on a slip of paper and it will “go into a jar or whatever and who’s ever name [is picked] up will be killed plain and simple.”
“Revenge threats against prosecutors and judges are serious offenses and my office will diligently prosecute these crimes to protect the public servants in our justice system,” said Nessel. “No judge should be sacrificing their own safety when they fulfill their duties protecting the public.”
Shenberger was charged in the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County, but as a Judge in that Court was the subject of the threat, visiting Judge John McBain of the Jackson County Circuit Court presides over this matter. Shenberger will be sentenced on December 13th, 2023.