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