A Maysville woman was sentenced to federal prison earlier this month after she admitted to issuing threats to service members through social media.
Marie Antoinette Castell, 57, was sentenced on Feb. 15, by Judge David L. Bunning, in U.S. District Court in Covington, to two counts of interstate communication of a threat. She will serve 90 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release once her sentence has been completed and be released on March 21, 2023, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Castelli was arrested on Sept. 9, 2016, near her Maysville home by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
She was named in a grand jury indictment handed down in September 2016 claiming that on or about Oct. 19, 2015, in Mason County, she "did knowingly transmit in interstate and foreign commerce via the Internet, communications intended to be a threat to injure the person of another ... containing the names and addresses of Victims 1, 2 and 3, and including a link to a publicly-viewable document on the Internet that described Victims 1, 2 and 3 and their families, displayed their photographs, and stated that others should locate and execute Victim 1."
A second count claimed Castelli made "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representation in a matter involving terrorism within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States" when she lied to FBI agents about the number of phones she possessed.
According to a plea agreement, Castelli stated in a social media post made from her home in Maysville "A great sister on Twitter published the addresses of the kafir men who killed Sheikh Awlaki and his son with the drone praying the mujahideen will send someone for justice," and included a link to a publically-viewable document describing the victims and their families as targets, displaying their photos and stating others should locate and execute one of the victims. That link contained a five-page document calling for the killing of certain United States service members and their families, along with the full names, photographs, dates of birth and other information of three service members and their families.
Castelli also participated in online discussions and disseminated information and propaganda supporting violence against the West and the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate, a religious state governed by an Islamic leader.
According to a sentencing memorandum, Castelli has a life-long and documented history of mental illness and will need constant psychiatric care during her incarceration. Dr. Ed Connor, who conducted the psychological evaluation of Castelli, recommended she be held in a facility which can provide treatment, such as the Federal Medical Center at Lexington.
According to the BOP, Castelli had not been handed over to its custody as of Wednesday.
Castelli was represented by attorney James West with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert McBride and Jason Denney representing the government.