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Bail unchanged for man charged with threatening judge

March 07, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — — A man charged with making threats against a district judge’s life last month while at Potomac Center was in Washington County District Court on Monday for a bond review hearing.

William T. Spence, 26, of 1388 Marshall St., Hagerstown, is charged with one count of making a threat against a state official, according to the statement of charges filed against him by a police supervisor at the center.

District Judge Mark D. Thomas kept Spence’s bail unchanged at $25,000. Spence is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in May, court records show.

Potomac Center treats people with intellectual and mental disabilities, according to its website.

Spence was on the grounds of the center Feb. 26 when a developmental disability associate at the center allegedly heard Spence make threatening remarks about his girlfriend and “his” judge, charging documents said.

“I’m gonna write a letter to the judge telling ’em I’m gonna kill ’em,” Spence allegedly said, according to the charging documents.

The charging documents allege Spence was referring to District Judge Dana Moylan Wright, who presided over Spence’s only other case in Washington County, a second-degree assault conviction for which he was given a suspended sentence.

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