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Threatening letter sent to Medina County common pleas judge

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    Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler accepted a not guilty plea from Christopher L. Stewart, 22, of Lodi to one count of endangering children, a third degree felony Thursday morning. Kimbler received an anonymous threatening letter referring to the Stewart plea.



MEDINA — The Medina County Common Pleas Court filed a report with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office about a threatening letter it received on March 18.

An anonymous letter was sent to Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler and referenced a case where a father left his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car in 2018 and she died. Christopher L. Stewart, of Lodi, pleaded guilty to endangering children and was sentenced to two years of community control sanctions in connection with the case.

The letter writer said the judge just slapped the father on the wrist in the case. The writer said maybe the judge needs to “roast in a hot car” for a bit.

Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson made a report and sent the envelope to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Richfield for DNA testing.

The sheriff’s office also took written statements from two clerks.

The letter did not result in changes to court security, court officials said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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