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An inmate in Tucson's federal prison was given a 4-year prison sentence Wednesday for sending threats to former President Barack Obama and others, officials say.

Roger Dale Godwin, 40, pleaded guilty to making and mailing the threats, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In 2016, while an inmate at Tucson's federal prison, Godwin sent out several letters addressed to Obama and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The letters contained threats to injure or kill Obama, Lynch, and a Bureau of Prisons employee, the release says. 

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Godwin will serve the 4-year sentence consecutive to a separate 2014 sentence that he received for mailing threats to judges and law enforcement while he was an inmate at a Wisconsin prison. 

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.