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Panama City teen gets threatening letter from Florida inmate

(CBS/AP)

(CBS/AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials are investigating a letter sent by a Florida inmate to a Panama City high school student.

Sheriff's officials say the 16-year-old received a threatening letter Thursday from 61-year-old Macon Higgs, who was convicted of
first degree murder in 1971.

Higgs is an inmate at a prison in Cross City in northern Florida. He said in the letter that he had a brother who was going to help him escape and that the two of them planned to sexually assault the girl.

He said his brother was watching her and if she told anyone about the letter the brother would kill her.

The girl's mother does not know how the man got her daughter's information including her name, age, address and school.

Authorities are investigating and Higgs has been placed in solitary confinement.


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