October 16, 2017

Hartford man guilty of threatening judge

A Hartford landlord convicted of threatening a federal judge faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in January, authorities say.

Dusan Mladen, also known as David Mladen, 62, pleaded guilty Friday in New Haven federal court to one count of threatening a federal official, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Mladen remains in custody since his July 11 arrest. He is due for sentencing Jan. 18.

According to investigators, Mladen is a litigant in a proceeding pending in Hartford federal bankruptcy court. He is the former owner of Eternal Enterprise Inc., owner of eight city apartment buildings, for which he is active manager and decision maker, authorities say.

On July 5, the presiding judge in the Eternal Enterprise matter found a threatening, handwritten note in her home mailbox. Days later, the same unidentified judge got a phone call that had been placed to her home phone number. Investigators said during the call, the caller said he had visited the judge's house last week and "I left a message for you."

U.S. Marshals Service subsequently confirmed that the cellphone used to make the call was at a location near Mladen's home and arrested him, investigators said.

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