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Mebane man charged with threatening to ‘crucify’ a Wake County judge

Keith Pardee Kemsley
Keith Pardee Kemsley CCBI

Bail for an Orange County man charged with threatening Wake County District Court Judge Ned Mangum was doubled to $1 million at a court hearing Thursday afternoon.

Keith Pardee Kemsley, 52, of Sargents Path in Mebane has been charged with one felony count of threatening an executive legal court officer, according to an arrest warrant filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Investigators say Kemsley threatened Mangum some time between Sunday and Wednesday.

Kemsley has been accused of threatening the judge when he wrote on Twitter, “#CRUCIFY YOU YES#MACON (sic) I MEAN THAT IN THE BIBLICAL SENSE,” and “PUTTING HIM UP ON A CRUCIFIX WILL BE MY PLEASURE.” The arrest warrant that spells out the messages does not say why Kemsley allegedly wrote them.

On Tuesday, Kemsley wrote on his Instagram account that he was on his way to see “the Wake County Magistrate and file #conspiracy charges against #corrupt Raleigh Judge Ned Mangum and Attorney Gregory Seibert. #LetsRoll.” Seibert’s firm handles a range of legal issues, including traffic violations and criminal cases.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies arrested Kemsley on Wednesday. His bail was initially set at $500,000, court records show.

Mangum has been a district court judge since 2008. In 2014, he served as Wake County's interim district attorney after Colon Willoughby, a 27-year-veteran, left office before the end of his elected term.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald

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