Macclenny man arrested for threatening judge, sheriff

BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- A Macclenny man faces charges after he allegedly made threats against a Baker County judge and Sheriff Joey Dobson.

Orien McDermitt, 56, was arrested Friday after he allegedly said he was going to kill Judge Joseph Williams and Sheriff Joey Dobson while speaking to an associate pastor at a local church, according to an offense report. The pastor, who works as a youth pastor at New Life Church, reported the threats to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

From offense report:

...Oren Mcdermitt stated he was not just talking he was serious, he stated he would shoot both of them, blowing their heads off.

Thursday night and Friday afternoon, BSCO arrested McDermitt's 21-year-old son for aggravated battery on his pregnant girlfriend, according to Dobson.

Dobson told First Coast News McDermitt has fought for custody of his two sons and didn't like the outcome. McDermitt has also been arrested for domestic violence against his wife, Dobson said.

McDermitt is charged with two counts of threatening a public official, a third-degree felony.


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