A former Lexington man has been indicted on a charge of threatening to kill a federal prosecutor.
Edgar Villa-Castañeda also was indicted Thursday on one count of soliciting another person to kill the assistant U.S. attorney, identified only by the initials “R.D.” in the grand jury indictment.
The indictment says that in 2015 in Woodford County, Villa-Castañeda “did threaten to murder R.D., an assistant United States attorney, with intent to retaliate” against the prosecutor “on account of the performance of his official duties.”
The indictment doesn’t specify how the alleged threat was relayed.
The indictment also says Villa-Castañeda “did solicit, command, induce and endeavor to persuade” another person, identified as T.M., to “murder an officer of the United States.”
Villa-Castañeda is serving a 17-year sentence in a federal prison in Bennettsville, S.C., according to a motion for arraignment in the court file. He pleaded guilty last year for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana between August 2014 and February 2015.
The drugs were distributed in Fayette, Madison and Montgomery counties in Kentucky, and in Tennessee and Georgia.
Villa-Castañeda is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest charges Feb. 24 in Lexington before Magistrate Judge Robert Wier.
If convicted, Villa-Castañeda faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of post-imprisonment supervised release.