Ex-chemist gets 51 months prison in threat case

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis city chemist is going to prison for trying to intimidate a lawyer with emailed pictures of rifle cross hairs superimposed on pictures of the man's son and daughter-in-law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/SKejCB ) reports 36-year-old Alireza Bakhtiari was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to four years and three months in federal prison.

He pleaded guilty in August to a charge of corruptly attempting to obstruct or impede an official proceeding.

The January email included pictures of the lawyer's house, mentioned his wife's name and included a picture of someone he thought was the lawyer's daughter.

Bakhtiari admitted his actions were meant to obstruct the lawyer's ability to oppose Bakhtiari in a defamation lawsuit.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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