Man who threatened to blow up courthouse pleads not guilty

Photo Courtesy of Tippecanoe County Jail
Photo Courtesy of Tippecanoe County Jail

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A Pine Village man who is accused of threatening to blow up the Tippecanoe County Courthouse pleads not guilty in front of a federal judge Monday.

Samuel Bradbury, 22, faces criminal complaints of extortion and willfully threatening the use of explosive materials, including threats against a Tippecanoe County judge.

According to court documents, West Lafayette police received information Bradbury was making threats on his Facebook page,    claiming to have chemical weapons and explosives.

He also claimed to know Jerad and Amanda Miller, the Lafayette couple who killed two police officers in Las Vegas.

Officers found anti-government poems in Bradbury’s home, along with materials used to make explosives. Bradbury told police he was exercising his freedom of speech and said the social media posts were a satirical joke.

The jury trial for Bradbury will take place on Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

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