Vanderbilt Man Sentenced for Making Death Threats Against Otsego County Chief Judge

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A Vanderbilt man was sentenced for making death threats against an Otsego County Chief Judge on social media, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel in a release Thursday.

In January, Jonathan Brisson, 32, of Vanderbilt was charged with communicating a false threat of terrorism, a 20-year-felony, after he threatened Otsego County Circuit Court Judge Colin G. Hunter on Facebook.

Brisson had posted multiple times to Facebook over two days with direct threats to the chief judge, including challenging him to a duel, threatening decapitation and “leading the civil war against the children in office,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Brisson plead guilty to communicating a false threat of terrorism in March.

Brisson was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation, mental health treatment and to have no contact with the victim, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The sentence also includes 12 months in jail with credit for 100 days served and the balance suspended.

“My office will continue to aggressively pursue threats against public officials,” Nessel said. “Those who would threaten violence against office holders must know there are real consequences for their actions.”