Boyle County man is accused of threatening five, including family court judge

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJanuary 8, 2013 

A Boyle County man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he threatened a family court judge and four others, Sheriff Marty Elliott said.

Bobby Lee Wilson, 56, of Junction City was charged with five counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process.

Wilson is accused of making threats against Family Court Judge Bruce Petrie; Assistant County Attorney Lynne Coleman; Wilson's estranged wife, Connie Wilson, and his daughter, Jamie Russell; and Wilson's attorney, Ephraim Helton of Danville.

Wilson told others that he had bought ammunition and that he had bullets with the names of the alleged targets on them, Elliott said.

Coleman was prosecuting Wilson on charges that he threatened two women at a funeral in 2011.

The sheriff's office received information Monday about the alleged threats and developed enough information to obtain a search warrant and execute it early Tuesday morning, Elliott said.

Two rifles, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition were seized at Wilson's house, Elliott said.

"You have to react fairly quickly with the courtroom shootings and things that are going on around the country right now in courtrooms," Elliott said.

Wilson was being held without bond in the Boyle County jail in Danville, according to the jail website.

This was not the first time Petrie has been threatened. In 2004, Kentucky State Police arrested Ronnie Gay Cornett on charges that he was taking steps to murder his estranged wife, her attorney and Petrie.

Cornett was convicted in 2005 of two counts of attempted murder for plotting to kill Kathleen Cornett and Petrie, who presided over the divorce case.

Cornett was acquitted on a third charge of attempted murder involving his ex-wife's attorney, Eileen O'Brien of Lexington. Cornett was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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