Criminal Justice

Denied Protective Order re Claimed Spouse Abuse, Man Charged with Threatening to Shoot Wife, Judge

A man who was denied a protective order on Wednesday by a Maine judge is accused of threatening to shoot both his wife and the judge as he left the courthouse.

Shawn Breton, 37, is charged with two terrorizing counts concerning the Augusta District Court incident, reports the Bangor Daily News. He allegedly threatened Judge Beth Dobson by name when he spoke to a county employee as he was about to exit the building.

Breton left the courthouse and then returned, at which point he was arrested, the article says. He was not armed. He told police he wasn’t serious about the threats, just angry that the protection order was denied.

The Morning Sentinel also has a story.

Breton and his wife apparently have “a pretty lengthy and convoluted relationship,” said Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. “I was told this was the fourth attempt at obtaining a protection order.”

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