Mineral Springs man arraigned for sending threatening letters to seven local mayors

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Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Maverick Dean Bryan, age 55, of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, appeared for arraignment today on seven counts of mailing threatening communications. The arraignment hearing was before Judge Caroline M. Craven in the United States District Court in Texarkana.

Bryan was indicted by a federal grand jury on all seven counts on March 16, 2016. The file marked indictment states that Bryan mailed letters to the mayors of seven different cities within the state of Arkansas containing a threat to injure said mayors.

According to the indictment, Bryan mailed letters to the mayors of Hope, Nashville, DeQueen, Ashdown, Lewisville, Prescott, and Murfreesboro.

The government has not released the content of the letters.

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The detention hearing for Bryan has been set for Monday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris is prosecuting the case for the United States.

The charges in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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