Crime & Courts

Catawba man jailed after threatening judge in court hearing

James Robinette, 51, of Catawba, was jailed for 30 days after being found in contempt of court for threatening a court officer.
James Robinette, 51, of Catawba, was jailed for 30 days after being found in contempt of court for threatening a court officer. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

When a child support hearing wasn’t going James Robinette’s way, investigators say he told a Lincoln County judge “I’ll just have to get my gun.”

Now, Robinette, 51, of Catawba, is in jail for 30 days, charged with threatening a court officer.

The initial child support hearing happened on Feb. 10 and was presided over by District Court Judge Jeanette Reeves.

After a motion by Robinette was denied, he told the judge “I guess I’ll just have to get my gun.”

Deputies in the court room detained Robinette until the end of the court session. Then he was brought back before Reeves, found in contempt of court and sentenced to a month in jail.

He remained in jail Thursday. Bail was set at $30,000, but he can’t get out until a judge releases a contempt hold.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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