Man Charged with Threatening Judge Claims Insanity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An eastern Kentucky man plans to use an insanity defense to charges he threatened to kill the federal judge and attorneys involved a child pornography case that landed his father in federal prison.

Defense attorney Willis Coffey filed a notice of defense Tuesday in federal court for 18-year-old Michael A. Collins.

U.S. Marshals in Lexington arrested Collins of Greenup County on Friday. Deputy Marshal Rick Kelley wrote in an affidavit that Collins plotted to shoot judge David Bunning and others because they handled the case of his father, who pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving child pornography.

Kelley wrote that Collins never carried out an attack, which he discussed with people at the Appalachian Challenge Academy in Harlan.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanley Ingram ordered Collins involuntarily committed for treatment.

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