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Man accused of threatening Raleigh mayor indicted on federal charge

Posted April 7, 2014

Alec Dane Redner appears in a Wake County courtroom March 3, 2014, for a bond hearing on charges that he threatened Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

— A federal grand jury has indicted a local man accused of threatening Raleigh's mayor through her website.

Alec Dane Redner, 27, was arrested Jan. 15 after he allegedly sent Mayor Nancy McFarlane a message telling her to "watch out" and that she would soon be "on the other end of the barrel."

His case on state charges of obstruction of justice, communicating threats and threatening an executive, legal or court officer was scheduled to be back in court Monday, but Wake County Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger said the charges were dismissed following the March 17 federal indictment.

Redner now faces a charge of communicating a threat against an individual. The redacted indictment does not identify the individual.

McFarlane hasn't spoken publicly about the case, but in a February court hearing, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said she was terrified for her safety and the safety of her family.


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  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 8, 2014

    People get used to saying all kinds of belligerent things on the internet. I'm glad they are prosecuting this crime. There needs to be a clear line that you can't threaten people over the internet anymore that you can threaten them in person. It's not like someone is threatening ezlikesundaymorning, this was a threat against a person that he clearly knows how to find. Agree or disagree with Mayor McFarlane, she has put herself out there in service to the public and should not have to fear for her safety because of it.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Apr 8, 2014

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    Of course it is a state issue.

    Since Boz boy is running for office he tapped his buddies at the fed office because he knew the triumphed up state charges would never hold water.

    The knock and talk is the modern day version of the Gestapo tactics. Police trespass and basically intimidate, harass and violate constitutional rights.

    The wake DAs office turns a blind eye and then prosecutes at any cost ignoring the fundamental rights the citizen is entitled to allowing the untruthful police statements to go forward.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 7, 2014

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    its like going to a fight and saying 'no kicking'. nothing stops anyone from carrying a firearm.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 7, 2014

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    doesn't stop anyone from carrying them .. as that law is too, often broken.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Apr 7, 2014

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    Actually, criminal laws are meant as a deterrent. Of course, criminals will always violate the law, but most reasonable people won't. As they say, "locks are to keep honest people honest."
    The death penalty is not a remedy (it will not bring back the dead), but meant to deter future murders.

    It's easy (and commonly heard) to say, "criminals won't follow the law", but what is the alternative? Should we have no laws at all since the same argument can be made for any law?

  • Veronica Hammond Apr 7, 2014
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    @Bill Brasky: "the purpose of a law is curb the action..." -- No, it's meant to prosecute the person after the action takes place.

  • rhess2 Apr 7, 2014

    It's ashamed that this individual couldn't have expressed his dissatisfaction and/or disagreements with the Mayor in a more intelligent and productive manner. Instead he chose to make threats against her which only served to get him indicted. In the end none of his issues of concern if he actually had any will ever get addressed.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 7, 2014

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    Are you saying we shouldn't have a law because they will just break it anyway?

    That could pretty much be said about any law. People will always break laws, the purpose of a law is curb the action, was never meant to be a 100% fix.

  • Shadow666 Apr 7, 2014

    It's amazing the stuff they can think up to charge you with these days...

  • Veronica Hammond Apr 7, 2014
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    That never stopped a criminal from having one in the past.