Man who plotted to kill troopers, judges faces new charges

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County Prison inmate who plotted to kill his ex-girlfriend, state troopers and York County judges is facing additional charges.

Howard Timothy Cofflin Jr., 56, of Dundalk, Maryland, is charged with terroristic threats, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief related to recent threats toward prison staff members and vandalism at the prison.

A criminal report indicates Cofflin had ill will against his correctional office and wanted to “shove his nose bone up into his brain.” Cofflin also told the officer that he could snap his neck and kill him.

Last January, Cofflin was charged with attempted homicide, attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, terrorism, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and bomb threats.

Investigators say Cofflin’s hatred stemmed from a Protection From Abuse order filed against him in August after a fight with his ex-girlfriend. Troopers were made aware of Cofflin’s murderous plot after his defense attorney in the PFA case came forward.

During an interview, Cofflin told troopers he conducted surveillance on the state police barracks in Loganville. A search of his phone showed he searched “how to kill a state trooper.”

Troopers showed some of the materials they believe Cofflin was going to use, which included rounds of ammunition, part of a homemade AR-15 rifle, and some improvised explosives.

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