Crime & Courts

Inmate charged with death threat to sheriff

A 19-year-old Columbia man jailed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center has been charged with threatening the life of a public official.

In a phone call to his mother Brandon Dimmry, who is in jail and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, made threats against Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Lott’s son for allegedly “pushing down” the mother of Dimmry’s child, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department and a recording of the conversation.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said Lott does not have a son.

Officials at the detention center thought Dimmry might be a threat to himself and others and began reviewing his phone calls, and found the threatening comments, the statement said.

Threatening the life of a public official is a felony that carries a 5-year maximum sentence.