Wake man accused of threatening Raleigh mayor loses bail-reduction bid

ablythe@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2014 

— A 27-year-old man accused of threatening Mayor Nancy McFarlane lost a bid for a lower bond in Wake County court on Thursday.

Alec Dane Redner of 11024 Brass Kettle Road, a North Raleigh man described by authorities as having a “history of extreme violent behaviors,” has been in the Wake County jail since mid-January on accusations that he posted a death threat to McFarlane on her political website.

Prosecutors contend Redner put the following on www.nancymcfarlane.com: “You make a joke about the U.S. Constitution but soon you will (be) on the other end of the barrel.”

Though the Wake County bail guidelines suggest setting bond between $2,000 and $10,000, court officials set Redner’s bail at $250,000. Redner is a Minnesota native who also lived in North Dakota before moving to Raleigh.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden argued in the hearing on Thursday that release of Redner would pose further danger for the mayor and her family and argued against a lowering of the bail.

Judge Keith Gregory agreed.

On May 6, 2010, N.C. law enforcement authorities have said, Redner avoided a driving-while-impaired checkpoint and led deputies on a car chase. When the deputies apprehended Redner, they found an AR-15 assault rifle in his car along with “anti-government documents and literature related to the Aryan Nation,” court records show.

He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, speeding to elude arrest and reckless driving and was sentenced to five months in prison. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health assessment and treatment while in custody, according to the state Department of Correction.

Months before, on Feb. 21, 2010, Redner was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and speeding to elude arrest. He was sentenced to one month in prison, court records show.

Collin Cook, a Raleigh attorney who represented Redner on Thursday, acknowledged that Redner’s case “is extremely sensitive.”

“I’ve seen the alleged post,” Cook told reporters outside the third-floor Wake County courtroom where the bond reduction hearing took place. “I’ve seen the language. At this point, I don’t think it’s a direct threat.”

Cook spoke broadly about problems the Internet can pose, but declined at this early stage in the defense of his client to offer specifics about whether that would be his argument related to Redner.

“The Internet — it’s wide open — and you know people post things all the time without understanding its ramifications,” Cook said.

Blythe: 919-836-4948 Twitter: @AnneBlythe1

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