A mental evaluation was ordered Monday for a Rural Retreat woman accused of using her Twitter account to threaten a federal judge.
Sharon Johnson Burton, 54, is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail on a two-count federal indictment handed down June 27 in federal court in Roanoke.
According to the indictment, Burton posted messages on Twitter on June 14 threatening to assault U.S. District Court Judge James Jones, the same judge who found her guilty of federal drug and gun charges in 2008.
Burton was ordered to undergo an evaluation to see if she’s competent to stand trial. The evaluation will also consider her sanity at the time of the allegations, according to court records.
In 2008, Burton was convicted of federal charges of possessing cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute them, and being a felon and unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.
She was sentenced to 63 months in prison with credit for time served while awaiting trial on similar state charges, which were later dropped.