OAKLAND -- A 59-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Friday to three years in county prison for threatening an Alameda County Superior Court judge's life in written legal motion.

Jamal Austin, who also goes by the name Thomas Robinson, was convicted in April of one felony count of threatening a public officialsfor threats he made against Judge Jacob Blea III in 2012 and 2013 while acting as his own attorney in an excessive force case against Emeryville police and Highland Hospital.

Another judge had tossed out Austin's lawsuit before Blea, then the head of the court's appellate division, considered Austin's appeal. Among the threats was a statement that Blea should be "removed or killed," which prompted security measures at the jurist's home, said deputy district attorney Neil Layton.

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