Gerald Estrade

A Baton Rouge man charged with threatening to murder former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and his family served nearly 20 years for the 1988 manslaughter of his 10-year-old daughter.

Gerald Estrade, 56, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of threatening a former federal law enforcement officer.

The Advocate says Estrade's daughter, Melissa, was reported missing in August 1988. Her body was discovered in December 1988 in the woods in southern Mississippi.

A 56-year-old Baton Rouge man has been indicted on a charge that he threatened to murder former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and members of his immediate family.

U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said in a written statement received by The Advocate that Gerald Estrade faces a charge that carries a possible 10-year prison term. The formal charge is threatening to murder a former federal law enforcement officer and/or his family members.

Cazayoux added that the case is under investigation by the FBI.