Robert Scott Goodin pleaded not guilty after being indicted in March on a single count of transmitting threats in interstate commerce and remains in federal custody.
Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson set Aug. 12 at 9:30 a.m. for the start of the trial in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen in an order issued Monday.
Goodin allegedly threatened to use knives and swords to stage a violent attack at the library. The threats were made during chat conversations on Facebook with an unidentified library employee.
Court documents show he confessed to making the threats in an interview with an FBI investigator during which he said there was a demon inside him who wants him to kill he wasn’t sure how much longer he could control it.
The investigation began when Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey contacted the FBI on Feb. 4 after receiving a complaint from an employee of the George E. Allen Library in Booneville stating Goodin had made threats against the library during instant messaging conversations between Nov. 22, 2012 and Jan. 14, 2013. The unidentified complainant told authorities Goodin had made repeated threats to kill people at the library where she worked and discussed other acts of violence and she said she feared for her life.
He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years probation if convicted.