Woman arrested for threatening to shoot judge on Facebook

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A woman is accused of threatening a Pasco County judge because she was upset over a ruling.

According to an affidavit, Jeanie Lynn Bowman, 33, of Zephyrhills was arrested and booked into the Pasco County Jail on Thursday.

Deputies said Bowman took to Facebook Thursday after Judge M. Handsel denied her motion to have a “no contact” order lifted from a 2017 case where she was listed as a victim.

“Jeannie Lynn Bowman is feeling angry,” the post reads, according to the affidavit. “If anyone needs me, I’ll be at the top of a clocktower eliminating problems…” and “searching for one within sniping range of the courthouse, open to suggestions.”

Deputies said several friends responded to the post, asking Bowman if she was drinking and/or intended to harm herself, to which she replied, “well, it’s that or homicide, so yeah…cheers.”

An investigation turned up multiple recorded jail calls between Bowman and an inmate named Stephen Hunt, in which Bowman is heard making comments about Judge Handsel and knowing where her daughter plays softball.

When questioned by deputies, Bowman apologized and admitted to making the comments, but said she never intended to go through with a shooting.

Bowman now faces a charge of writing threats to harm or kill, a felony. She was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

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