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Man fined for message left on Va. AG's comment line

Tuesday - 4/22/2014, 11:21am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A profane message left on the attorney general's public comment line has cost a Yorktown man $250.

James Timothy Berry was fined that amount on Monday after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor curse and abuse.

Capitol Police Capt. Randy Howard tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1jxHMxM ) that Berry left a message on the comment line's voicemail on Feb. 5 that was obscene and vulgar.

The message criticized Attorney General Mark R. Herring's support of same-sex marriage. It was left on the voicemail a day after Herring attended a hearing on a same-sex marriage case in federal court in Norfolk.

Howard says Berry initially was charged with threatening over the phone. The charge was later reduced in exchange for a guilty plea.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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