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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:16 pm

Basil Sanford, 21 of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing before Judge Don Bourne on Monday facing the charges of terroristic threatening, attempted burglary, and aggravated assault.

Police arrested Sanford at an Exxon gas station after he allegedly fired a weapon in the direction of an officer at another location.

Sanford told officers, "I was jumped by three [males] for using a racial slur."  He then denied having a gun and shooting at officers that were in the area. "I was an Iraqi war veteran, and if I shot at officers, they would be dead." Sanford later stated, "I was diagnosed with a mental disease and I haven't had my medicine in three days." A detective testified that it was later discovered that Sanford has never been deployed overseas and was kicked out of the National Guard for failing drug tests.

The results of a gunshot residue test are currently pending. Sanford is

currently on felony probation and has two prior felony convictions for

violent crimes within the past two years. In the hearing, Sanford stated to the judge, "I have a lot of problems with schizophrenia, I really need my meds."

The prosecutor recommended Sanford's bond to be issued for $75,000. Judge Bourne issued the bond amount as requested and ordered him to appear in circuit court on May 6.

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