Estrade pleads guilty to threatening Letten's life
BATON ROUGE - Before a jury could be selected for his trial, a Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to a charge that he threatened to murder former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and members of Letten's family.
56-year-old Gerald P. Estrade entered the plea Monday before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.
Estrade faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He served nearly 20 years behind bars for the 1988 manslaughter of his 10-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered in the woods in southern Mississippi.
Court records say Letten met Estrade in 1999 or 2001 while Letten walked his dog and they talked briefly.
Estrade allegedly told the FBI that Letten caused him problems over a threatening letter Estrade wrote in 2005 or 2006.