Jason Priest officially charged with threatening a public official; bond raised to $31,000 – Muddy River News

QUINCY — Jason Priest spent the weekend in the Adams County Jail and was formally charged Monday with threatening a public official.

Priest appeared in Adams County Circuit Court before Judge Robert Adrian on Monday afternoon after Judge Tad Brenner recused himself on Friday. Priest reportedly said he was going to “take it out” referencing Brenner as the court weighed a greater obligation due to a new round of antics carried out by Priest.

The priest now faces a charge of threatening a public official, which is a class 3 felony with a potential sentence of 2 to 5 years.

Priest, 50, also heard the other two new charges against him on Monday: two Class C disorderly conduct misdemeanors. He allegedly shouted, “The brownies, they’re coming for you next,” at two African-American minors in front of a Quincy school on Wednesday. He also reportedly stood outside the south entrance of the Adams County Courthouse and shouted vulgarities and obscenities at a woman on Thursday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Parker has requested $50,000 bail and $5,000 for the crime. Deputy Public Defender Sarah Lucey requested reductions to $15,000 and $1,000 respectively, saying Priest was expressing her First Amendment right to free speech and that her words were “non-threatening.”

Adrian set bail at $30,000 for the felony charge and $1,000 for the misdemeanor charges. The priest must deposit 10% in cash, or $3,100, to be released from prison.

So here is the full litany of charges against Priest, all of which are allegations at this time:

  • March 2: Charged with driving an uninsured motor vehicle and not having a valid driver’s license at age 28e and Chestnut.
  • May 27: Charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. Stood naked on the porch of a residence at 2309 State and shouted at passing traffic.
  • May 27: Charged with trespassing at Blessing Hospital.
  • June 1: Charged with one count of reckless driving, one class A misdemeanor and two counts of disorderly conduct, both class C misdemeanors. He entered the 2300 block of State Street and obstructed traffic, causing vehicles to swerve to miss it and drive into the lane of oncoming traffic. Also stood in the street obstructing traffic and entered the street in front of vehicles without being in a crosswalk. While Priest was on the street, he put his hands on his underwear and manipulated his genitals.
  • June 2: Charged with criminal damage to government property, a Class 3 felony. Damaging a telephone booth in an Adams County jail holding cell.
  • June 2: Non-contact emergency harassment order filed by Gina Veneris; summons served on the same day. (Order overturned later June 22).
  • July 27: Accused of making an improper left turn on a bicycle at the intersection of 12e and York.
  • August 8: Non-contact emergency harassment order filed by Ryan Schnack on behalf of Quincy Mayor Mike Troup; summons issued on August 10.
  • Aug. 11: Charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, both class C misdemeanors. If the word “f**k” repeatedly to a person and knowingly exposed their genitals to another person.
  • August 11: Charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor. Yelled obscenities and vulgarities at two people outside the Adams County Courthouse.
  • August 13: Accused of not having a lamp on a bicycle at night at the intersection of Fifth and Hampshire.
  • August 24: Charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. Yelled “Brownies, they’re coming for you next” at two African American minors.
  • August 25: Charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor. Stood outside the south entrance of the Adams County Courthouse and shouted vulgarities and obscenities at a woman.
  • August 26: Charged with threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony for yelling at Judge Brenner that he was going to “take him out”.

After Brenner’s recusal, Priest told him in court Friday, “There’s no way this is coming out of my mouth, and you know it. I am a professional protester, a lobbyist.

Priest, who looked much more reserved in his orange jumpsuit on Monday, went on to say that he “never spoke out of turn. These are not threats, these are just words.

The priest is due back in Adams County Circuit Court at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Amy Lannerd.

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