Mineral Springs man accused of threatening mayors released on bond

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    TERRICA HENDRIX
    Editor

    TEXARKANA – A Mineral Springs man accused of threatening area mayors by mail was released on bond Monday.
    Maverick Dean Bryan, 55, appeared in federal court Monday for a detention hearing and was released on a $10,000 bond. The judge ordered that Bryan avoid community and civic events. He was also ordered not to possess a firearm.
    According to Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Bryan appeared for arraignment on March 21 before Judge Caroline M. Craven in the U.S. District Court in Texarkana on seven counts of mailing threatening communications.
    Bryan was indicted by a federal grand jury on all seven counts on March 16. The indictment states that Bryan mailed letters to the mayors of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Ashdown, Hope, De Queen, Lewisville and Prescott. The letters contained a threat to injure said mayors. Bryan is scheduled for a jury trial in May.
    This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris is prosecuting the case for the United States.
    The charges in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.