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Bond denied for NC man deemed danger to public

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge has denied bond for a Henderson County man he deemed an “overwhelming” danger to the public after testimony indicated he threatened to shoot his sister, prompting a lockdown at the school where she worked.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/13LsBf3) a magistrate ordered Joseph Anthony Sentell to remain in custody pending his trial. Sentell is accused of trying to buy a firearm by lying about his mental health.

A detective testified Thursday in U.S. District Court in Asheville there’s evidence that Sentell threatened to blow up the sheriff’s office so he could become the new sheriff.

Public defender Mary Ellen Coleman argued that Sentell was only convicted of two misdemeanors in connection to the threat against his sister and has never been charged with a violent crime.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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