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Sheffield man arrested after threatening judge

SHEFFIELD (AP) — A man already jailed on suspicion of theft is facing federal charges after he told a police officer he was going to kill a federal judge, officials said.

According to the arrest affidavit, David Frank Fountain, 45, was charged with making a threat against U.S. Judge Inge Johnson, who once served as a Colbert County Circuit Judge.

The Sheffield man faces up to a year in federal prison if convicted.

Fountain was in the Sheffield City Jail on charges of theft and violation of protection order when he allegedly made the threats to a police officer Tuesday.

“(Fountain) was causing a disturbance in jail and an officer went to check on him,” Sheffield police detective Capt. Greg Ray said. “When the officer got back to the cells, he asked Fountain to calm down and he cussed the officer and continued to be disorderly.”

Ray said the officer asked Fountain what the problem was and that’s when Fountain is accused of threatening the judge, saying he was going to kill her.

Reports indicate Fountain appeared before Johnson on a felony charge when she was Colbert County circuit judge. Fountain was 21 at the time.

“After learning of the threats, we contacted the FBI and they interviewed Fountain Tuesday evening,” Ray said.

Fountain was taken to the U.S. Courthouse in Huntsville after he was served with a federal arrest warrant.

He was later transferred to a Cullman County detention facility and a federal magistrate ordered that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/

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