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Pfafftown woman accused of threatening judge pleads guilty

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Pfafftown woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to making threats to Forsyth District Judge Denise Hartsfield, including saying she would stab Hartsfield in the face.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Barbara Morgan, 36, of 5865 Vienna Dozier Road, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of threatening a court officer.

Judge Reuben Young of Forsyth Superior Court consolidated the charges into two and gave Morgan two consecutive suspended sentences of 6 months to 17 months in prison.

He also placed Morgan on supervised probation for five years. Because of the type of felony she was charged with and her lack of a criminal record, Young could not give her an active prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Friel asked that Young extend Morgan’s probation to the maximum of five years because of the seriousness of the charge.

Young also sentenced her to a total of 180 days in Forsyth County Jail and declared that she be given credit for time served. Morgan has been in jail since last August, when she was arrested.

He also ordered her not to have any contact with Hartsfield.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal