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.