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State Rep. Bentley flees home after threat

A Taylor County state representative says she fled her home Sunday night after a telephone threat.

Taylor County's sheriff says he sent officers to protect the home of state Rep. Patty Bentley. Sheriff Jeff Watson said a Perry man reportedly threatened Bentley's son, who was in Attlanta.

Bentley said, "It's one of those issues there's a girl involved."

As the two men argued, Bentley said, "He said, "I know where your mom lives,' " and threatened to send somebody over to shoot up the house.

When her son called her, Bentley said, "He was hysterical, he was screaming and hollering for us to get out of the house.

"Oh, my God, it was so frightening to me," she said. "It was a very scary moment for me and my neighbors."

Watson said he sent officers to watch the house. As of 6:30 p.m Monday, he said officers were still on the scene.

Aside from that, Watson said, his office is not involved in the case, because no crime occurred in Taylor County.

Bentley said some of her General Assembly colleagues have told her that the GBI should be involved.

She said she's back in the home now.

But she's talking about the case partly to send a message: "Don't try to settle things with guns."

Bentley is a Democrat, and she and her husband own a funeral home in Butler.

She is seeking a second term representing House District 139, which includes Taylor, Macon and Dooly counties and part of Peach County


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