MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden is never at a loss for words when it comes to chasing the bad folks in the county but today the high sheriff is choosing to be quiet because he is the victim in the latest crime in Butler County.
Speaking for the sheriff is investigator Travis Johnson.
"It was a little disheartening to know that someone who would do that to the sheriff would probably do it to other law enforcement officials or citizens in this county," said Johnson.
Investigators say 31-year old Greenville resident Clarence McMeans left what detectives describe as a 'life-threatening' voice mail message on the sheriff's cell phone. Johnson declined to say just what McMeans allegedly said. Johnson says McMeans has been charged with making a terrorist threat.
"I would say it was about a 30-second message, very direct and sounded as if he put a lot of thought into it. In the interest of openness, the sheriff publishes his department phone for the citizens to call in. It's not hidden," said Johnson.
McMeans reportedly made the call last Friday afternoon around 3:30. Within 3 hours investigators from ABI, the D.A.'s office, the sheriff's office and the state fire marshall tracked down McMeans. Two cell phone companies helped trace the call.
For safety reasons, Clarence McMeans is not staying in the new Butler County jail but rather 30 miles away in the Lowndes County jail.
While Sheriff Harden felt the need to not talk at length about the case on camera, he did tell WSFA 12 News he got really mad. It's not the first time he's been threatened in 31 years in law enforcement but it was the nature of the threat that irked him.
Bad move, wrong man to pick on.
Bond for Clarence McMeans has been set at $250,000 and as of this writing, he has not confessed to the alleged crime.
McMeans could get up to 10 years in prison, maybe more since he has a prior record on drug charges.