PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora.

The threats came just weeks after Baycora, Paterson's first Muslim police chief, was sworn into the position and coincided with a then ongoing debate by the Paterson City Council to amend the city’s noise ordinance to ensure the ability of religious organizations, including mosques, to amplify calls to prayer and other services.

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