Punxsutawney Woman Allegedly Threatens to Burn Judge’s House Down with Him in It

gavelPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney woman stands accused of making retaliatory threats towards a Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Judge.

According to court documents, a counselor with Clearfield Crisis reported to Punxsutawney Borough Police that 25-year-old Shana Nicole Setzer, of Punxsutawney, made retaliatory threats towards Jefferson County Judge John Foradora.

Court documents indicate on Friday, September 5, 2014, Officer Ryan Miller of the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department received a complaint on station from a counselor with Clearfield Crisis. The counselor reported that she recently traveled to East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney Borough for a suicidal/homicidal female identified as Shana Setzer. It was reported that Setzer was allegedly enraged because she lost her job, and custody issues involving her three children.

Setzer also recently reported frustration in a relationship situation. She allegedly reported that her most recent boyfriend has a gun at his residence and “pop-pop” would kill him. Setzer was also reported to allegedly say that she would like to “blow this town off the earth.”

Setzer continued to allegedly tell the crisis worker that she was angry with her ex-boyfriend because he told her that he wasn’t leaving his other girlfriend and at Judge Foradora for taking her children.

Setzer allegedly told the counselor that one of her ex-boyfriends whom she identified as “vega” has a “.45 waiting for him” (referring to an ammunition caliber but is used at times as street slang for a handgun). Setzer also was reported to allegedly make a homicidal threat specifically toward Jefferson County Judge John Foradora stating “If I knew where he lived I would burn his house down with him still in it!”

Setzer reportedly continued and stated, “Just wait till I find out! And I will!”

The counselor asked Setzer how likely she would be to act upon these thoughts/threats. She allegedly said that she will (act upon them) and blames them for her current stressors. The counselor stated that Setzer said to the effect that her family was taken away (from her).

Setzer allegedly reported that earlier this week, she attempted to take her own life by overdosing on medication. Setzer allegedly stated that she unfortunately woke up and now exhibits intense feelings of anger and feelings of hopelessness. Setzer was also reported to allegedly say that she “hates people.”

The counselor reported in her assessment that Setzer exhibited poor impulse control, agitation, and dysphoric ideations of thoughts of death. Additionally, she exhibits signs of resentfulness, is vengeful, and angry.

According to court documents, after the counselor spoke with Setzer, she believes that Setzer’s behavior is life threatening, destructive, or disabling to herself or others.

Considering these facts, Officer Miller issued an arrest warrant for Setzer.

During a preliminary arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers, Setzer was charged with the following offenses:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats W/ Intention To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

Unable to post $250,000.00 monetary bail, Setzer was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on September 23, in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers.


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