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Text message threats could put man in deeper legal hole

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A Middle Tennessee man about to be sentenced for drug dealing is in even more trouble after he was accused of threatening a local county official.

Before he went to jail, he allegedly threatened to kill the county attorney, and out of fear for everyone involved the man's own attorney turned him in to authorities.

Dennis "Pee Wee" Dreaden was charged with selling cocaine, resisting arrest, possessing a weapon and contempt.

But when he was found guilty, Dreaden sent out a series of text messages primarily aimed at Humphreys County Attorney John Lee Williams:

"John Lee don't know what kind of s--- he is in if I pull the trigger."
"Believe me, Mr. Flanagan, I've done my homework and, no, I'm not happy about a lot of things."
"The war begins at sun up in the morning. And I'm going after his a-- just like I told you a week or so ago. I'm not f--- around anymore. I have three weeks."

Dreaden's own attorney, Mike Flanagan, received these texts as well as others in Humphreys County. Flanagan, fearing violence, told Sheriff Chris Davis who then quickly arrested Dreaden.

"I knew, for Mr. Dreaden's attorney to call me about this it had to be something serious in nature," Davis said. "Any time you're in this situation you have to take these kinds of things seriously."

Now, Dreaden, who had been out on bond awaiting sentencing, is back in jail to await his sentence. Although, his wife said there is no way her husband meant any of it.

"Absolutely not. My husband is disabled. He's not able to get out and do a whole lot of anything. There's no guns in our house," his wife Tracey Dreadon said.

Dennis Dreaden also has domestic violence charges pending against his wife. According to records, he burned all her clothes in the yard and also threw dog feces all over her jewelry and makeup.

He is suing the county over the aftermath of that incident, saying he was tased.

Tracey Dreaden said her husband believes his lawsuit against the county is why he was given such a serious charge. She also said that is why her husband is mad at Williams, the county attorney.

"They told us it was a misdemeanor and that it was a casual exchange and that it would be less than a DUI charge," Tracey Dreaden said.

Dennis Dreaden will be sentenced in a couple weeks, and there is no telling how the text threats will now impact that sentence.

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