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Man indicted for making bomb threat to judicial center

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man who allegedly made bomb threats to a governmental building and to a lawyer's office has been indicted.

The Bullitt County Grand Jury has indicted Johnathan Bradley Williams for his alleged actions on April 21, 2014.

Williams was an inmate at the Bullitt County Detention Center when he allegedly made a call to attorney Lorie Casey around 12:30 p.m.

Information released at the time of the incident was that he told Casey's staff that there was a bomb in her office and in the Bullitt County Judicial Center.

It was set to detonate at 2 p.m.

The judicial center was cleared and Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts ordered governments offices be vacated.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated and it was determined by 2:30 p.m. that no bombs existed.

In the indictment, Williams was charged with terroristic threatening in the first degree for his false statement about the judicial center.

The Class C felony carries a possible penalty of 5-10 years in prison.

He is also charged with terroristic threatening in the second degree for  his call to the attorney's office.

This is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

He was also charged with a pair of misdemeanors.

The sheriff's department was assisted by the police and fire units from Shepherdsville, as well as Louisville Metro Police K-9 unit.

Williams did not appear at his arraignment on Aug. 15. An arrest warrant and a $5,000 cash bond was issued.

Det. Jeff Schank of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.