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US prosecutor protests release of man who mailed threats to mayors


In federal court last week, prosecutors appealed a lower magistrate judge’s decision to grant the release of a Mineral Springs man who had allegedly threatened the mayors of seven southwest Arkansas towns, including Nashville and Murfreesboro.

Maverick Dean Bryan, 35, white male, was released by Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven at the end of a March 28 hearing. The US attorney objected, asking the court to keep Bryan jailed during the case.

The magistrate was sitting in for Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant. US Attorney David Harris has appealed to US District Court Judge Susan Hickey to repeal the ruling for Bryan’s release.

According to the Texarkana Gazette, Bryan allegedly wrote to mayors of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lewisville, Prescott, Ashdown, Hope and De Queen, threatening to hang them if they didn’t remove Common Core curriculum from public schools. The letters were mailed in January.

Bryan’s trial is set for May in Texarkana.

The prosecutor’s motion noted Bryan’s previous felony convictions for interstate transport of a stolen vehicle, possession of firearms during indictment, and two separate convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently on probation in Howard County.