Man facing terrorizing charges after threatening to shoot wife, judge, police say

Shawn Breton
Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office
Shawn Breton
Posted Aug. 23, 2012, at 3:29 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 23, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A South China man is facing two terrorizing charges after threatening to shoot his wife and a District Court judge, according to police.

Shawn Breton, 37, became agitated after Judge Beth Dobson denied Breton’s fourth request for a protection order against his wife during a Wednesday appearance in Augusta District Court, Capt. Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

After the hearing, Breton told another county employee he “was going to come back and shoot Judge Dobson and then go shoot my wife,” the release stated.

Breton left the building before anyone was notified, and authorities began searching for him.

Twenty minutes later, Breton was returned to the courthouse and arrested without incident, according to the release. He had no weapons on him.

Breton attempted to justify his threats by telling police he didn’t mean them, and that he was angry about being denied the protection order and not being able to see his child, police said.

Breton was taken to the Kennebec County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the judge denied a request from Breton to lift a protection order against him. Breton was seeking, for the fourth time, a protection order against his wife, which was denied.

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