PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) - A man charged with making a false threat of terrorism involving an Oakland County judge has pleaded not guilty.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Anthony Jeffrey Brodie was arrested Wednesday at his workplace in Ann Arbor and had been upset over a child custody case before the judge.
Investigators say the Pontiac man told an acquaintance that he had been researching the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and would kill Judge Lisa Gorcyca and blow up the county courthouse.
Brodie allegedly indicated that he agreed with bomber Timothy McVeigh’s views on the government, saying he was ready and willing to “go to war.”
Detectives obtained a warrant and searched for and seized “potential evidence” from Brodie’s home, according sheriff’s office.
Gorcyca recused herself from the custody case amid word of the charge. Another judge will be assigned.
Brodie was arraigned via video feed Thursday in 50th District Court. He requested a court-appointed lawyer. The Detroit Free Press reports he’s being held on $500,000 bond.
The charge carries up to 20 years in prison.
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