COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Marietta man has been found guilty but mentally ill for threatening a Cobb County Superior Court judge's wife and children.
James Edward Satterfield, 59, was convicted this week on three counts of terroristic threats and two counts of terroristic threats with intent to retaliate.
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Prosecutors said Satterfield sent a five-page typed letter to Judge Reuben Green's wife in December 2012. The letter outlined the defendant's plan to kill and eat Green's wife and two children. Investigators found a copy of the letter and a photo of Green's house on Satterfield's computer, and a Taurus firearm known as "The Judge" in his car.
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"No reasonable person in their right mind could not feel threatened by the letter," Cobb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said during Satterfield's trial.
Satterfield's defense attorney did not argue the defendant wrote and sent the letter, but said Satterfield had a delusional compulsion to do so and should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Judge Green handled Satterfield's divorce petition in 2011, according to information presented in court.
Satterfield will be sentenced at a later date. The guilty but mentally ill verdict means he will likely spend time in prison with psychiatric treatment.