FLORENCE, SC (WCSC) - An inmate at Columbia's Graham Correctional Institution for Women faces new charges in connection with threats against a circuit judge, his family and staff of the Public Defender's Office in Florence.
Veda Sue Blevins, 35, was charged with two counts of threatening the life of a person or family of a public official, a felony with penalties of up to five years in prison, a fine of $5,000, or both, according to State Law Enforcement Division Spokesman Thom Berry. Blevins was also charged with one count of intimidation of court officials, jurors or witnesses, a felony with penalties of up to 10 years, a fine of $10,000 or both; and one count of making a bomb threat, a felony with a penalty of between one and 10 years in prison, Berry said.
Court documents allege Blevins sent a letter or letters to Circuit Court Judge Craig Brown, his wife, and children in which she threatened to kill them. Court documents also state that she threatened to kill all of the public defenders in the Florence County Public Defender's Office by placing a bomb in the building.
Blevins gave SLED investigators a confession when confronted with the allegations, court documents state.
Blevins is serving a 40-month sentence for a previous bomb threat, 2012, according to Department of Corrections records.
The case will be prosecuted by the Twelfth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Berry said.