February 27, 2015

Inmate charged with threatening judge, Florence complex

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Florence City-County Complex

An inmate at a state women’s prison was arrested Wednesday for sending letters threatening to kill a Florence judge and his family, and to place a bomb in a Florence government complex.

According to State Law Enforcement Division warrants, 35-year-old Veda Blevins sent letters in April to Circuit Judge Craig Brown threatening to kill him, his wife, and their children. The warrants said Blevins also sent a letter to the Florence County Public Defender’s Office, threatening to kill all the public defenders by placing a bomb in the City-County Complex building.

SLED agents say they recorded Blevins’ confession after she was read her Miranda rights.

Blevins was charged with two counts of threatening the life of a person or family of a public official, one count of intimidation of court officials, jurors or witnesses, and one count of making a bomb threat. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.

Blevins has been an inmate at Graham Correctional Institute in Columbia since September 2012. She was in prison on a charge of making a bomb threat, according to jail records. She was projected to be released later this month, according to state prison records.