HAGERSTOWN -- A state prison inmate serving a 50-year sentence for murder could receive another 10 years in prison if convicted of sending a powder-filled threatening letter to a former Washington County Circuit Court judge who was the victim of a letter bombing in 1989, according to circuit court records.
Robert Douglas Turner, 38, was charged with manufacturing a phony destructive device, in the form of a letter sent in December 2008 to the law office of John P. Corderman, a former circuit judge, according to the application for statement of charges.
Turner's case was continued Tuesday to allow time for completion of a report to determine whether he is not criminally responsible, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.
A determination of not criminally responsible differs from a finding of incompetence to stand trial, according to the Maryland Rules of Criminal Procedure. A person can be competent to stand trial, although found not criminally responsible at the time a crime was committed, according to the rules of criminal procedure.