(CBS DETROIT) – A man from Mt. Clemens was charged after leaving a circuit court judge a threatening voicemail.

Robert Scruggs, 44, was arraigned via Zoom on one count of misdemeanor malicious use of a telecommunications device in Macomb County’s 41B District Court on Dec. 8.

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If Scruggs is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail.

In August, Judge Richard Carett received a two-minute voicemail from Scruggs that included death threats.

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“Those who cross the line between statements protected by the First Amendment and direct threats will be held accountable by my office,” Nessel said.

Scruggs was given a $10,000 bond, referred to community mental health for an assessment, and placed on house arrest. He was also ordered to wear a tether.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 20.

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