Man sentenced for death threats to judge’s family

Man sentenced for death threats to judge’s family

The charges stem from a hearing during which a judge denied a request to withdraw a guilty plea.

A Kenai man has been given a five-year prison sentence for threatening to kill the family of an Alaska Superior Court Judge in 2017, according to a Jan. 14 press release from the Department of Justice.

Steven Bachmeier, 43, of Kenai, was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 10 by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason to serve five years in federal prison — the maximum sentence allowed by statute — followed by three years of supervised release. The defendant’s sentencing guideline range was 41 to 51 months of imprisonment.

After a three-day trial, Bachmeier was convicted by a federal jury in January of 2019 of one count of mailing a threatening communication, according to the press release.

The charges stem from a hearing in May 2010 during which a judge denied Bachmeier’s request to withdraw a guilty plea in a felony criminal case. At the time, Bachmeier responded by threatening to “carve the flesh” from the judge’s children, and Bachmeier was sentenced to eight years in prison for the charges to which he had originally pleaded guilty.

Then in January of 2017, the same judge was assigned to a civil case involving Bachmeier, who attempted to have his name legally changed. Bachmeier was angry that the same judge had been assigned to preside over the name-change request, according to the press release, and mailed in a pleading in which he wrote “I have told her in the past I’m going to kill her family, which I still [entend] to do.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alaska State Troopers through the Division of Judicial Services conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Anne Veldhuis and Aunnie Steward.

More in News

The Homer Spit stretching into Kachemak Bay is seen here on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer woman indicted over seaplane incident

Marian Tillion Beck was indicted on charges of negligent operation of a vessel and attempted interference with the navigation of a sea plane

Soldotna High School can be seen in this Sept. 2, 2021, photo, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion file)
‘Little Sweethearts’ family dance to debut at SoHi

The event will be hosted by SoHi’s freshmen student council

Soldotna City Council members interview city manager applicant Elke Doom (on screen) during a special city council meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Doom, Bower named finalists for Soldotna manager gig

The two will visit Soldotna for in-person meetings on Feb. 7 and 13, respectively

The northern fur seal rescued by Alaska SeaLife Center staff is seen on Jan. 31, 2023, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kaiti Grant/Alaska SeaLife Center)
Northern fur seal pup admitted to SeaLife Center rescue program

The pup was reported by Sitka residents using the center’s 24-hour stranding hotline

The Kenai Community Library children’s section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Literary competition returns to local schools

Battle of the Books aims to instill in kids a love of reading

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
Climate activists hold a rally outside the Alaska State Capitol Friday afternoon in advocacy for legislative action to improve Alaska’s renewable energy development and future sustainability.
Climate activists hold rally near the Capitol

Statewide organizations advocate for legislative action

Shanon Davis, the executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, hands out candy during the Sweeny’s St. Patrick’s Parade in Soldotna on March 17, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Davis to step down as Soldotna chamber head

Davis oversaw the implementation of Soldotna’s “Holding Our Own,” shop local program

Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
State parks advisory boards accepting applictions

Alaska State Park advisory boards provide state park managers with recommendations on management issues

Most Read