Details of what happened are not immediately clear, but sources familiar with the situation tell us Boone was on the receiving end of death threats made by a yet-to-be-identified male suspect. We’re also told a SLED agent was present at the time these threats were made.
Wait … what?
That seems … strange.
If SLED was on the scene … why wasn’t the suspect immediately arrested?
The alleged incident took place shortly after 7:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday at 418 Chatham Place in Florence, which is the home of Boone’s fiancée Anna Hovey. Hold up … fiancée? That’s right … Boone and Hovey, whose relationship made waves two years ago, were reportedly engaged to be married earlier this summer.
Based on our prior reporting, we have a theory on what may have happened here … but unfortunately those who were directly involved in the incident aren’t talking (our coverage of Boone’s recent stint in a North Carolina rehabilitation facility has apparently ruffled some feathers locally).
Accordingly, we will have to wait on updates from law enforcement …
Threatening the life, person or family of a public official is a felony in South Carolina. Those convicted face up to five years behind bars.
That’s right …
It’s okay to criticize elected officials … including calling them vulgar names and wishing them dead. But you can’t threaten to kill them. That’s when the right to free speech intrudes upon a greater liberty of another.
UPDATE – SLED is confirming the investigation. Also, many new details have emerged.
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