Letcher man accused of intimidating witness in umpire case

A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday in Letcher District Court for a man charged with intimidating a witness in the drug-trafficking case of a suspended umpire for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Bruce C. Lebrun, 58, was charged May 18 with "intimidating a participant in the legal process," according to a criminal complaint in Letcher District Court. The complaint said that on May 14, using hand gestures, Lebrun imitated the action of "pointing and firing a handgun at the cooperating witness."

According to the complaint, Lebrun thought that the cooperating witness was involved in the case of Joseph Jay "J.J." Wright, 39. The complaint said Lebrun was a "known close associate" of Wright's.

Wright has been suspended as a KHSAA umpire for softball and baseball since he was charged with trafficking in the painkiller oxycodone in late April.

Lebrun was released from the Letcher County jail on May 18 on a $5,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty in Letcher District Court.