Judge Releases Man Who Threatened Reporters, Prosecutor

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A man incarcerated at psychiatric hospitals for 19 years is getting released.

A judge approved the transfer of Mark Rouelle to a group home Thursday after a three-hour hearing that included testimony from a U.S. Bureau of Prisons psychiatrist and a forensic psychologist.

Rouelle called himself the Messiah and mailed death threats to reporters and a prosecutor. He was also convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s.

Rouelle told U.S. District Judge William Sessions that he won’t violate the terms of his release. Rouelle was also ordered to add his name to the state’s sex offender list.

The Burlington Free Press says Sessions believes Rouelle no longer represents a risk to himself or others.

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