MISSOULA, Mont. -

A Missoula attorney who unsuccessfully sought another judge to hear a civil case he filed last year has pleaded "no contest" to making threats against the judge in an apparent attempt to get her to recuse herself.

Ronald Marc Klotzer was initially charged with felony threats or improper influence in official and political matters for threatening District Judge Karen Townsend on his Facebook page. Court records say a friend concerned about Klotzer's mental state showed police Klotzer's statements threatening to hurt Townsend and damage her house.

On Wednesday, Klotzer pleaded "no contest" to misdemeanor privacy in communications. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech gave him a deferred sentence and ordered him to forfeit his Montana law license.

County prosecutors say a different judge took over Klotzer's civil lawsuit against a construction company.