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Victoria man pleads guilty to threatening judge

By Victoria Advocate
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.


A man convicted of threatening to kill a Victoria judge is in the county jail.

William Gordon Kinzer, 62, pleaded guilty last week to making a terroristic threat against a public official.

County Court-at-Law 2 Judge Daniel Gilliam sentenced Kinzer to 85 days in the Victoria County Jail.

Kinzer was scheduled to have a competency hearing Monday, but it was canceled after he accepted a plea bargain July 8, his attorney, Joyce Leita, said Monday.

Dr. Joel Kutnick found Kinzer to be competent. Kinzer will receive credit for the time he served at the San Antonio State Hospital, she said.

Competency means the individual understands what he or she is accused of and can consult with his or her attorney.

Kinzer was charged with threatening to murder County Court-at-Law 1 Judge Travis Ernst on or about Sept. 17, 2013, according to his indictment.

Kinzer was also charged with criminal trespass at Citizens Medical Center on or about July 11, 2013.

That case was dismissed July 8, too, according to court documents.

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