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Man charged with threatening judge in Isle of Wight County

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A Smithfield man has been charged with threatening a judge in Isle of Wight County.

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Tuesday that Judge L. Wayne Farmer and his family were threatened earlier this month.

As a result of an investigation, a grand jury indicted Joseph Anderson “Andy” Wright Jr.

Investigators say they have long known Wright and have previously interacted with him -- largely about a neighborhood dispute. Wright had reportedly made vague and hypothetical statements of discontent about the legal system and Farmer in the past.

Investigators say it was determined that the recent threats were "direct, planned and researched." It was also believed that Wright had the recently acquired the means to carry out the threats.

Wright was arrested March 22 and is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond. He is being charged with threat to bomb, burn or destroy by fire a building, structure or any means of transportation.

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