CT man is convicted for the fourth time of threatening officials including Obama

Garrett Santillo of Hamden, Connecticut, has been convicted of mailing threatening communications to a United States judge. Santillo was indicted on similar charges three other times.

A Connecticut who has a history for writing threats against public officials including a U.S. President and a Supreme Court Justice, was convicted a fourth time by prosecutors after they said he sent more than 100 other threatening letters.

Garrett Santillo (43), pleaded guilty to a single charge of mailing threatening communication to a United States Judge on Thursday at the U.S. District Court.

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The Prosecutors claim that Santillo, who lived both in Florida and Hamden Connecticut, mailed letters between December 2021 to June 2022 that contained threats, such as “You will all die.” You will all die.”

The former President Barack Obama was among the 100 people who received a threat via mail from Garrett Santillo, of Hamden in Connecticut.

Prosecutors said that many of the letters sent to journalists referred to their coverage of issues relating race.

Santillo was convicted of sending threats in 2003, according to prosecutors. After a similar conviction, he served five years probation.


Court documents state that when authorities searched his Florida home in 2014, several handwritten notes were found, including one addressed to Barack Obama, in which the man threatened to kill him.

Santillo’s attorneys claim that he suffers from mental issues, and cognitive problems.

No date has been set for the sentencing. Santillo is free on $100,000 bail since his arrest in July 2022.


A judge will likely impose between 27 and 32 months of prison under a plea bargain. The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years in prison.

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