Man charged with threatening Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane denied lower bond

Arrest warrants show the man charged with threatening Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane has a history of violence. (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)
February 6, 2014 3:54:13 PM PST
A man charged with threatening Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will stay in jail.

A judge Thursday refused to lower the bond for 27-year-old Alec Redner.

Redner's attorney said he doesn't think the threat was serious, but investigators do. That's why a prosecutor argued that Redner should stay in jail.

It was last month that McFarlane got an email that accused her of making a joke about the U.S. constitution. According to a search warrant, the email went on to say, "...soon you will be on the other end of the barrel... Watch out."

Redner's attorney argued the $250,000 bond was excessive for the two charges -- one is a felony and one a misdemeanor.

However, the prosecutor said the loaded shotgun found in Redner's car escalated concerns about the seriousness of his threats. He added that Redner has been arrested before for fleeing police at a DWI checkpoint. That led to the discovery of an assault rifle as well as anti-government and Aryan nation literature.

The judge refused to lower Redner's bond and the prosecutor says, for McFarlane and her family, it will alleviate some stress.

"He's dangerous.  It's scary.  I mean the threat that he made, when you threaten to point a gun at someone and kill them, justifiably so Mayor McFarlane is afraid for herself, her family, and it's important to us to make sure he's prosecuted."

Cruden said as long as Redner is in jail police will know where he is. If he's released, they will have to take another look at the security plan for the mayor.

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