MARIETTA, Ga. - A Georgia man who was found guilty but mentally ill after prosecutors say he threatened to kill and eat a judge's children has been sentenced to prison.
James Edward Satterfield, 59, was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday, followed by two years of probation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The threats involved Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green, who presided over Satterfield's divorce. The case ended in July 2012.
A prosecutor and police say Satterfield sent a letter to the judge's wife months later threatening to kill the judge's children and eat them.
A defense attorney didn't dispute that Satterfield wrote and mailed the letter, but he argued the man is delusional.
Satterfield's lawyer, a doctor and family members told the judge that he was not a real threat to the community.
"It was my opinion he was not responsible based on a delusional compulsion," Dr. Kevin Richards said.
The prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Satterfield to the maximum possible, 25 years in prison. But instead, Satterfield was sentenced to a total of 10 years, with eight to be spent behind bars.