Ex-candidate charged with making threats in Ind. - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ex-candidate charged with making threats in Ind.


MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- A woman who ran for U.S. Congress last year has been charged with making threats against Indiana judges on her Facebook account.

Fifty-one-year-old Cheryl Allen of Martinsville was being held in the Morgan County Jail on $100,000 bond Saturday. She was arrested Thursday on eight felony counts of intimidation.

Allen maintained her innocence at a news conference at the jail Friday.

Police say Allen posted threats against four local judges and other officials Monday.

Prosecutor Steve Sonnega -- one of those reportedly targeted -- turned over the investigation to state police and a special prosecutor. He told The Indianapolis Star he decided to err on the side of caution after last week's shootings in Arizona that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

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