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Round Lake man appears on terroristic threats charge

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WORTHINGTON — Jonathan Lee Edwards, 25, of Round Lake, appeared Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court to face a felony charge of terroristic threats-reckless disregard risk

According to court documents, the charge stems from an alleged Facebook post made on Edwards’ account at the end of June. Court documents reveal that the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the threatening post and knew Edwards from prior law enforcement contact. The complaint also alleges that the sheriff’s office had contact with Edwards’ brother a few days prior to his post.

The post from the Edwards’ account said, “Nobles County police officers. You know what you did, and when I find you, I’ll make sure you pay…”

Several replies were allegedly made to the post, resulting in further comment from Edwards’ account.

“Lol I’ll cut that (expletive) piggy when I see him, and I’m not afraid of it being public. My brother had a seizure. And refused help so the cops cuffed him and threw him face first to the ground. Now it’s my turn and when I find that piggy I too will introduce his face to the ground.”

When Edwards made contact with law enforcement, he told the investigator he was angry about his brother when he posted the message and that he would take it down later that day.

Edwards was not required to post bail in the matter and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court for an initial appearance with legal counsel later this month.

If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Robin Baumgarn

Robin Baumgarn is a new reporter for the Daily Globe covering the Education and Northwest Iowa beats. Prior to coming to the Globe, she worked for the Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News, a weekly Iowa paper for three years. She is a 2012 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College and lives in Northwest Iowa with her husband Ryan and three pets, Fidget, Missy and Samwise.

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