Judge denies bond for man who threatened Augusta - Richmond County Commission

Judge denies bond for man who threatened Augusta - Richmond County Commission

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The man who deputies say threatened to slit the throats of each Augusta-Richmond County Commission member was in court on Wednesday.

James Palmer was arrested on Monday. A commissioner saw several threats posted by Palmer on social media and called Police.

"I can't do anything other than deny bond today I think you're a danger of a community Mr. Palmer," says Judge Stephen Shepard.

Days after making several alarming posts on the Facebook group page - Augusta Political Watch, Palmer appeared before a judge.

"Start by slitting each commissioners throat with a box cutter and make sure that they bleed out before any chance of survival," says Judge Shepard.

In the Incident report, it says Palmer also posted - "I would like to see the Augusta Commission snuffed out." Alarming for some commissioners, but not all.

"I don't think he meant what he said. I don't think he intended to do any harm to any of my colleagues or myself," says Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

"People need to walk a mile in somebody else's shoes before they make those type of threats," says Commissioner Marion Williams.

While the 59-year-old who owns his own business has no prior arrests, Judge Shepard said ultimately he can't look past threatening posts like that.

"You threatened to commit a violent act to a person naming Wayne Guilfoyle & other members of the Augusta – Commissioners Office," he says.

As of now Palmer is representing himself. He faces that 1 felony count of terroristic threats & acts. Palmer can face anywhere between a year to 20 years if convicted. But it's a case by case basis so there's no definitive punishment.

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