Man accused of threatening to kill deputy

Ronald Abney is in the Powell County jail tonight for what he says is a misunderstanding, but the sheriff's deputies say they understand exactly what happened.

From behind glass, Ronald Abney says if he had it to do all over again...

"I wouldn't have picked up the phone, I guess they come in my house without telling me who they are, but oh well," said Abney.

Saturday night a Powell County Sheriff's Deputy went to Abney's house following a disturbance between Abney and a neighbor. After resolving the dispute the deputy, Travis Crabtree, left and that's when Abney called the jail, he says to complain about the way Crabtree entered his house and to illustrate what could have happened.

"I stated the simple fact that if I did own a gun and someone entered my house I could have shot him," said Abney.

Abney called the jail three times that night. The sheriff's department says eventually he made threats against Crabtree's life.

"He stated he contemplated shooting him, then he called back and said he was going to kill him," said Deputy Sheriff Eddie Barnes.

Officers went back to Abney's house that night where they say they found him under the influence of alcohol. They arrested him, charging him with Conspiracy to Commit Murder on a Police Officer.

Abney is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. His first court appearance is Tuesday morning.

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