New Bethlehem Man Faces New Charges for Threats Against Jefferson County Judge
BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man who is currently in state prison for making threats against a correction officer is once again facing charges for writing threatening letters to a Jefferson County judge.
Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 28-year-old Joseph David Supik II, of New Bethlehem, currently lodged in SCI Somerset:
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (four counts)
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3 (four counts)
The charges stem from an investigation into threatening letters received by Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas President Judge John H. Foradora.
According to a criminal complaint, around 8:00 a.m. on March 1, Trooper Rupp, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, was provided with a handwritten letter dated February 26, 2019, and stamped received on February 27, 2019. The letter was addressed to Judge John H. Foradora and was signed by Joseph David Supik II, and the envelope which had contained the letter was marked PA Department of Corrections Inmate Mail with a return address matching the address at SCI Somerset. The hand-written return address also contained Supik’s name and inmate number.
According to the complaint, the contents of the letter conveyed several threats toward Judge Foradora, including “I hope that my people take You 6Ft undergrou”; “i am Trainned To Kill So watch the f*** out Your in my Crosshairs”; and and “Watch Your Back.”
On March 4, Trooper Rupp received a second letter sent to Judge Foradora at the courthouse, also containing Supik’s name and inmate number in the return address, and also labeled as PA Department of Corrections Inmate Mail. The second letter, which was also signed by Supik, allegedly stated “I am going to kill you and your f***** family” and “I will kill you and the Foradora Family.”
On April 1, Trooper Rupp received a copy of a third letter, also signed by Supik and addressed to Judge Foradora, labeled as PA Department of Corrections Inmate Mail with a different inmate’s name and inmate number in the return address. The third letter, which was from Supik, blamed Judge Foradora for him being in prison and stated: “I’m going to Kill You Foradora mark my words.”
Trooper Rupp received a fourth letter signed by Supik on April 3, which had the same inmate name and number as the third letter in the return address.
According to the complaint, within the letter, Supik explained that the inmate on the envelope had nothing to do with the situation and only sent Supik’s letter for him. The letter went on to note that Supik “hated” Judge Foradora and stated “i wanna use my military Trainning To good use and kill your f***** old a**” and also threated to “put you 6FT underground”.
On April 8, Trooper Rupp received an incident report from Trooper Neisner, of PSP Somerset Criminal Investigation Unit, regarding other threatening letters Supik sent from SCI Somerset. According to the report, Supik took responsibility for writing the letters to Judge Foradora and writing multiple other letters to judicial officials and police officers throughout western Pennsylvania during the interview.
According to the complaint, Supik said he was writing the letters because he felt he would not receive the psychological help he needed if he were outside of prison.
Based on the investigation, the charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office on Monday, June 17.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, with Judge Bazylak presiding.
A certified summons was issued to Supik on June 17.
Supik remains lodged at SCI Somerset.
Court documents indicate he is also facing a preliminary hearing in front of the Honorable Judge Daniel L. Miller on Tuesday, July 23, similar charges in Forest County.
Court documents indicate Supik has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2009.
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