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Otsego County Man Sentenced After Threatening Chief Judge

LANSING – A man who pleaded guilty to making death threats against an Otsego County judge has been sentenced, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. 

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

In March, he pleaded guilty to attempted communicating a false threat of terrorism. 

Chippewa County Circuit Court Judge James Lambros sentenced Brisson to two years of probation Tuesday, mental health treatment and to have no contact with the victim. 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.” 

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