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DALLAS (AP) - A resident of a North Texas mental hospital has been charged with threatening to blow up two federal courthouses.

A federal complaint accuses Christopher Stephens of making the threats against the U.S. courthouses in Dallas and Fort Worth in three telephone calls to Wichita Falls 911 in March. The FBI said it received a similar threat in late March, signed this time by Stephens.

The 34-year-old resident of the North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls has been ordered detained pending a probable cause-and-detention hearing. That hearing has not been scheduled.

Conviction of one count of mailing a threat to blow up a federal courthouse is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have 30 days to present the case to a grand jury.

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