Alleged Phone Threats Land Man In Jail

Prosecutors: Calls Involved Estranged Wife’s Relationship

Posted: January 5, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County judge ordered a Louisa County man accused of threatening a federal prosecutor held without bond Thursday.
 
Arthur Rocco Kenny, 34, is charged with three misdemeanor counts of using profane language over airwaves and one misdemeanor count of stalking.
 
During a bond appeal hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chad Logan told Judge T.J. Wilson that on Dec. 17, Kenny made a series of phone calls to Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson Hoffman. Hoffman is in a relationship with Kenny’s soon-to-be ex-wife.
 
“[Kenny] said that he knew people in jail and that they could do harm to the victim,” Logan said.
 
During the hearing, Kenny, a contractor, said he was arrested Dec. 18 at a work site. Kenny claims that several FBI agents and U.S. marshals arrived at the site armed with semiautomatic weapons, ordering him to the ground at gunpoint. He is not facing federal charges.
 
On Dec. 28, Rockingham County General District Court Judge Richard Claybrook ordered Kenny held without bond. He appealed that ruling to circuit court.
 
Logan said Kenny has a problem with alcohol and was released from a rehabilitation center just one week before the threatening phone calls were made. Prosecutors also say that Kenny was intoxicated when he was arrested.
 
Kenny’s defense attorney, Andrew Graves, argued that his client isn’t a danger to the community and that he can live with his parents in Louisa County and be closely monitored. Graves said the calls were a result of Kenny’s frustration over child custody issues.
 
While most defendants with similar charges are released on bond, Wilson cited Kenny’s abuse of alcohol and erratic behavior in siding with the lower court. He gave no indication Kenny faced a higher threshold for bond because the alleged victim is a federal prosecutor.
 
“I believe there is a danger setting a bond,” the judge said.
 
Kenny, who is being held at Rockingham County Jail, is scheduled for trial on Feb. 19. He faces up to a year in jail on each charge if convicted.
 
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com


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