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Woman accused of threatening to kill federal judge

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

A Mount Pleasant woman was indicted Wednesday after allegedly threatening to kill a federal judge and assistant U.S. attorney.

Lynnette Bennett is accused of threatening to kill U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington and an assistant U.S. attorney, both of whom work in federal court in Bay City, according to the indictment.

The case dates to Feb. 6. That’s when Bennett allegedly called Isabella County dispatch threatening to kill the two men, FBI Special Agent Steven Larson wrote in a court filing.

Bennett, 36, allegedly was upset because her brother, father and another relative were prosecuted in federal court on unspecified charges.

“I’ll tell you, she was so intoxicated that she doesn’t remember any of this,” her lawyer Daniel O’Neil told The News. “She is upset and certainly had no intent or means to carry it out.”

If convicted, Bennett faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She is being held without bond.

The indictment was filed the same month another federal judge was shot in an apparently random robbery attempt in Detroit.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg is recovering after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg outside his Detroit home on March 5.

Federal agents are hunting for two men, believed to be aged 18-25, who demanded to be let inside Berg’s home. When he refused, he was shot.

His wife and 16-year-old son were home at the time. The two fled in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, according to the FBI.

In Berg’s case, the government is offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions.

rsnell@detroitnews.com

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