INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress last year has been charged with making threats against Indiana judges on her Facebook account.
Fifty-one-year-old Cheryl Allen of Martinsville, Ind., was being held on $100,000 bond Saturday. She was arrested Thursday on eight felony counts of intimidation.
Prosecutor Steve Sonnega says he was among the targets and turned over the investigation to state police and a special prosecutor. He says he decided to err on the side of caution after last week's shootings in Arizona that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.
Allen maintained her innocence at a court hearing Friday.
Police say Allen posted threats against four local judges and other officials Monday.
Allen said Friday she wasn’t threatening anyone. She told the court she has been hospitalized once for mental issues, but nothing was wrong with her. During Thursday’s probable cause court hearing, ISP officials say Allen was a clear and present threat.
Allen has made Facebook friends with nearly 300 people including both state and local politicians. Her alleged victims include the Morgan County prosecutor who asked state police to get involved. Detectives say she posted serious bodily threats against the prosecutor, other elected officials and staff personnel.
"One day, I will have my revenge on your seeking so much revenge on me. Jane, Tom, Matt, Chris, Steve, Monte, Eric, Vickie, Carol, Larry, Debbie, William (Bill), Mike, Penny, etc.," she wrote in one post.
In another posting, she threatened to blow up their offices.
"Right below that, it said, 'I won't have to lift a finger. One day you are sitting in your office...kaboom!" Allen said. "Yeah, I do believe that they will finally get it one of these days. Someday, somebody will, they will be sitting there and something will happen, they will finally get it."
She stops short of saying that she will be the one that gives it to them. She says it is all about karma and a divine intervention.