Ex-death row inmate from Scotland admits to threat

A Scotsman released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio's death row has pleaded guilty to threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case.

Ken Richey pleaded guilty to a felony retaliation charge Friday in Putnam County.

Prosecutors say Richey called the northwest Ohio county's courthouse from his home in Mississippi and left the threatening message this past New Year's Eve. He'll now face up to three years in prison.

Richey was on death row in Ohio for 21 years after being convicted of setting a fire that killed a 2-year-old girl. He denied involvement, and a U.S. court determined his lawyers mishandled the case.

Richey was set free in 2008 under a deal that required him to plead no contest to a lesser charge.