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Richard waives hearing on multiple counts
Thursday, January 3, 2013
BELLEFONTE - Ryan Richard, 54, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday on all eight counts of terroristic threats and eight additional counts of harassment. The charges stem from threatening letters he wrote while incarcerated for murder at State Correctional Institution at Rockview. In the letters, Richard detailed threats to kill former witnesses, their family members and the prosecutor related to his 1989 murder case.
Richard pleaded guilty in 1989 to murdering his wife, Jean B. Richard, in Berks County and was scheduled to be released from Rockview in early December 2012.
In 1989, Richard was an amateur actor who participated in a local community theater in the Pottsville area. He was cast to play the lead role in a murder-mystery drama. Richard took the role of a character that plots the murder of his wife and sister so that he could pursue his real interest. It was here that Richard met one of the cast members, a current victim in the terroristic threats case, and pursued her. Shortly thereafter, Richard's wife was found dead at the foot of the stairs outside the couple's home. He ultimately pleaded guilty to killing his wife and was sentenced to state prison.
During his incarceration, Richard sent his mother a detailed hit list of all the people he was going to murder upon his release. Victims on that list included the Berks County district attorney, law enforcement, his love interest and her family. The letters were discovered by Richard's brother, who alerted authorities.
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