Johnson City man pleads guilty to sending threatening letters

Matthew Lane • Sep 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM

GREENEVILLE — Dwayne “Prince Dupree” Railey, whose criminal history includes holding a family hostage, illegally possessing body armor and attempted aggravated robbery, has again pleaded guilty to a federal crime.

The charge? Sending threatening letters to the mother of one of his children.

Railey, 36, Johnson City, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in August 2017, charged with threatening communications and stalking. Last week, Railey agreed to plead guilty to the threat charge. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to court records, in January 2017 Railey was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to a 2016 indictment charging him with unlawful possession of body armor. Railey was in possession of a ballistic vest previously reported stolen from the vehicle of a BAE Systems employee.

At the time of sentencing, Railey was incarcerated. Prosecutors say that while he was in custody, Railey mailed a letter to the mother of one of his children, professing his love for her, but also his suspicions about her behavior.

Railey suggested in the letter that he was having the woman watched. In fact, court records state that he was.

A few days after sending the first letter, Railey sent another letter — a five-page handwritten one — to the same woman. This letter included numerous threats, including:

— “You turned out to be the worse babymamma of them all ... and you WILL, that’s a promise not a threat, get the worse (sic) treatment of them all too.”

— “I think you should watch the movie Taken to give you an idea of the lengths I’ll go to ensure my daughter’s safety.”

— “I’m trying to get along + be amicable because I love you. But if you try to keep me from her I’m going to kill you. That’s my word!”

Railey’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 2.

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