Hartford landlord gets 5 yrs. for threat

BY Gregory Seay

A Hartford landlord will serve five years in federal prison for threatening a Connecticut bankruptcy judge, authorities say.

Dusan Mladen, also known as David Mladen, 63, also was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine at his sentencing Thursday in New Haven federal court, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

As previously reported, Mladen was a litigant in a proceeding pending in Hartford federal bankruptcy court. He is the former owner of Eternal Enterprise Inc., owner of eight city apartment buildings, for which he is active manager and decision maker, authorities say.

Last July 5, the presiding bankruptcy judge in the Eternal Enterprise matter later found a threatening, handwritten note in her home mailbox. Days later, the same unidentified judge got a phone call that had been placed to her home phone number.

Investigators said during the call, the caller said he had visited the judge's house last week and "I left a message for you."

Investigators later determined Mladen was armed when he visited the house.

U.S. Marshals Service subsequently confirmed that the cellphone used to make the call was at a location near Mladen's home and arrested him, investigators said.