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Letters threatening harm to Sevier Co. judge, attorneys sent by Cookeville man, TBI says

A Cookeville man is charged with extortion and harassment after accused of threatening a Sevier Co. judge and two attorneys.
Tyler Matthews
Tyler Matthews(TBI)
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 3:57 PM EDT
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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -A Cookeville man has been indicted after being accused of threatening a Sevier County judge and two attorneys.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, special agents began an investigation into Sevier Co. inmate Tyler Dakota Matthews in February.

TBI said in a release, the investigation revealed that Matthews wrote letters to a Sevier Co. judge and an assistant public defender threatening to harm them. One of the letters contained threats aimed at an assistant district attorney.

The Sevier County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Matthews with three counts of Extortion and three counts of harassment.

On Monday, April 19, he was served in the Sevier Co. Jail where he was already being held on unrelated charges.

Matthews remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.

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