PORTLAND — A convicted murdered from Lewiston has been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening to kill an official with the Social Security Administration.

Harold Rowe made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Maine on Thursday. The 54-year-old Rowe did not enter a plea to the charge of mailing threatening communications to the deputy commissioner for Budget, Finance, and Management of the Social Security Administration in September.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich continued the hearing for at least a week.

Rowe spent 27 years in prison for a December 1982 shooting death.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Rowe threatened to kill again if his Social Security checks were stopped.

Prosecutors have requested he be held without bail.