In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 47-year-old State of
Texas inmate Scott Coalwell to 70 months in federal prison for mailing
threatening communications including threats to injure his former
defense attorney, a probation officer and the U.S. District Clerk for
the Western District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and
U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau.
In addition to the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge David A.
Ezra ordered that Coalwell be placed on supervised release for a period
of three years after completing his prison term.
On February 7, 2020, a federal jury convicted Coalwell on three
counts of mailing threatening communications. Evidence presented at
trial revealed that while incarcerated in Texas Department of Criminal
Justice—Dominguez Unit in San Antonio, Coalwell mailed threatening
letters to his defense attorney, probation officer and the sitting judge
in his McLennan County case; his defense attorney in his Bexar County
case; and the U.S. District Clerk for the Western District of Texas in
San Antonio. When questioned by investigators, Coalwell identified
these individuals as being “on the top of his enemy list” and that he
intended to “lock and load and go through my enemy list.”
The U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice—Office of Inspector General and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bettina Richardson
prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.