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Pine County man pleads guilty to sending threats to courthouse

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Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

A Pine County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to sending threatening letters to the Pine County Courthouse in November.

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Johnnie Earl Long, 45, of rural Braham pleaded guilty to one count of false information and hoaxes during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. No sentencing date was immediately scheduled, according to court records.

The indictment charged him with sending a series of threatening letters to numerous officials at the courthouse. Contained in those letters was a white power that later proved to be harmless.

The letters led to an evacuation of the courthouse and caused a significant delay in the assault trial of a former Duluth police officer that was being held in the building that week.

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