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KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities investigating the killings of a district attorney and his wife are working to build a case against a former justice of the peace prosecuted last year by the slain official's office, a law enforcement official said Monday.

Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was arrested during the weekend and remains jailed on a charge of making a terroristic threat. He is being held on $3 million bond.

Authorities allege he emailed an anonymous threat to law officers from his personal computer one day after Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their home on March 30. The email implied that if authorities didn't respond to various demands, there'd be another attack, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the sheriff's office.

Williams' arrest came after federal and local agents investigating the couple's deaths searched Williams' home and a storage facility, and investigators are now focused on trying to build a case against him, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

The official said at least 20 weapons found in Williams' storage locker are being tested by ballistics experts. A Ford Crown Victoria similar to one seen and video recorded in the McLellands' neighborhood on the day they died also was found at the locker, the official said.

BOSTON TRAGEDY DELAYS IMMIGRATION BILL: WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are set to unveil a sweeping immigration bill this week to secure the border, remake legal immigration, boost workplace enforcement and put 11 million people here illegally on a path to citizenship.

A group of eight lawmakers, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, planned to formally introduce the bill Tuesday, although a press event with activists, business leaders and religious groups was delayed until later in the week after the tragedy at the Boston marathon.

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., planned to meet with President Barack Obama Tuesday to discuss the legislation with him, according to a person with knowledge of the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Immigration legislation is a top second-term priority for the president.

2 NJ MEN SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRING TO JOIN AL-QAIDA: NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men were each sentenced to at least 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to conspiring to join an armed Islamic group in Somalia with ties to al-Qaida.

Mohamed Alessa, of North Bergen, was given a 22-year sentence, and Carlos Almonte, of Elmwood Park, was given a 20-year prison term.

Attorneys for 23-year-old Alessa and the 27-year-old Almonte had sought to portray the men, who were teenagers when they came to the attention of law enforcement, as troubled youths spurred to radicalism under the influence of a man who was actually an undercover officer working for the New York City Police Department.

Federal prosecutors sought to counter that portrayal by arguing the two were dangerous, calculating, would-be terrorists bent on joining an overseas organization in order to kill "disbelievers in Islam." Prosecutors said the two had carried videos on their cellphones of American soldiers being beheaded, and considered Maj. Nidal Hasan, the alleged perpetrator of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation at Fort Hood, in Texas, a role model.

MISSING CALIF. MAN FOUND DEAD IN SUBMERGED VEHICLE: BIG BEAR LAKE  (AP) — The body of a missing San Bernardino County man has been found in his car at the bottom of Big Bear Lake.

The San Bernardino Sun   says 50-year-old Richard Adrian Cisneros of Sugarloaf was last seen March 31 when he left a friend's home in Fawnskin.

He was later reported missing to sheriff's officials.

Coroner's officials say Cisneros' car was spotted Sunday. His body was later discovered inside the car.