Johnson City felon who threatened his daughter's mother gets 40 months

Matthew Lane • Jan 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM

GREENEVILLE — A Johnson City man who sent threatening letters to the mother of one of his children has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Dwayne “Prince Dupree” Railey, whose criminal history includes holding a family hostage, illegally possessing body armor and attempted aggravated robbery, received a 40-month prison sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Jan. 10.

Railey was indicted in August 2017, charged with threatening communications and stalking. He agreed to plead guilty last fall to the threat charge and faced 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 the sentencing, Railey was incarcerated. While in custody, prosecutors say, Railey mailed a letter to the mother of one of his children, professing his love for her, but also outlining his suspicions about her behavior.

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

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

— “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!”

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