A mental evaluation was ordered Monday for a Rural Retreat, Virginia, woman accused of using her Twitter account to threaten a federal judge in Abingdon.
Sharon Johnson Burton, 54, is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem on a two-count federal indictment handed down June 27 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.
According to the indictment, Burton posted messages on Twitter on June 14 threatening to assault U.S. District Court Judge James P. Jones, the same judge who found her guilty of federal drug and gun charges in 2008.
At her arraignment on Monday, Burton was given a court-appointed attorney and ordered to undergo an evaluation to see if she’s competent to stand trial. The evaluation will also consider her sanity at the time of the allegations, according to court records.