A man who left threatening letters around Oklahoma in August saying ‘You will all be tormented’ entered a guilty plea in Stephens County Court on Tuesday, Dec. 10, where he received a deferred sentence of seven years.
Thomas Ryan Krech, 45, of Tennessee, entered a guilty plea for two counts of endeavoring to perform acts of violence, one count of defacing or injuring a house of worship and one count of malicious injury to property under $1,000.
The spree of threatening note drops took place Aug. 20-21 and included one in Tennessee, one in McKinney, Texas, one in Deer Creek — a neighborhood in Oklahoma County, one in Oklahoma City and two in Stephens County — one in the Bray area and another at Hilltop Church of God.
Letters left behind in the Deer Creek area threatened sexual assault by Krech’s “angels.”
The first note left in the Bray area was found in a damaged mailbox. Residents of the home, according to deputy affidavits, said the mailbox wasn’t damaged before they left, but they found it that way when they came home and found the yellow paper with red lettering.
The note read, “I Ryan am The Lord Your God! … I have driven on your land and have been in your house! … I sentence you to the most amount of horror and pain of anyone!”
The note included claims of the receiver’s guilt for various acts, vulgar language and again, the threat of his “most horrific angels.”
Stephens County Communications Center received word around 5:45 pm. Aug. 21 the front glass of Hilltop Church on Highway 29 was broken out. Deputies arrived on scene at 6:07 p.m. where they found a cement block laying on the floor inside the front door of the church with an old style book — “Gone With the Wind.” Reports from deputies show sticking out at the top of the book between the pages was a yellow sheet of paper which was folded and a white page that had visible writing on it.
Again, the letter read: “My name is Ryan and I am the Lord your God … You are no pastor to my people! … I hereby sentence you to the most horrific pain imaginable by me! Ryan, the Lord your God … I am thirsty for your blood and will consume you.”
Reports show the letter included accusations of Krech finding people “guilty” of various accusations. The letter also stated “Destroy the entire planet” and “You chose poorly so now let the suffering begin! This is my promise to you!” and “You will all be tormented day and night by my rules!”
Deputies noted they also found a white sheet of printer paper looking like a legal document appearing to be from Tennessee. Reports show the piece of paper was notarized on Aug. 15, 2019, and one of the names on the sheet was Krech’s.
Krech was due in court for a preliminary hearing conference Tuesday, Dec. 10, where he was found competent to stand trial after previously receiving psychological evaluation, and entered his guilty plea.
That’s when the judge handed down the seven year deferred sentence, including court costs and other fees, according to court paperwork. Krech was then released and is under supervision for a period of 18 months and is required to check in via phone call.