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Charges of threatening officials could carry more than 40 years

Posted June 25, 2009 3:20 p.m. EDT
Updated June 25, 2009 4:42 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man accused of threatening Gov. Bev Perdue and other state and local leaders made a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon.

A judge counted off the charges against Angelos Vangelos, 46, of 5700-2616 Oak Meadow Lane: two felony charges of making bomb threats, 29 felony charges of threats against an executive officer and one misdemeanor charge of communicating threats.

Vangelos could face more than 40 years in prison if convicted of those charges the judge said.

The judge granted Vangelos' request for a public defender and said the public defender would start proceedings to determine if he's competent to stand trial.

Vangelos continued to be held on a $1,010,000 bond. His next court appearance was set for July 16 at 9 a.m.

Arrest warrants say that over the past year, Vangelos made multiple death threats to Perdue, former Gov. Mike Easley; former first lady Mary Easley; Congressmen David Price, Bob Etheridge and Brad Miller; state Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake; Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison; Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker; President Barack Obama; other Raleigh City Council members and city staff; and Wake County commissioners. He also threatened to blow up the Mexican consulate on Six Forks Road, according to the warrants.