MEMPHIS – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested and charged an Oakland man accused of threatening the life of a judge.

On Sunday, at the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating allegations of threats against a Fayette County judge. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Kevin Michael Vinyard made more than 100 threats against the judge in text messages. The investigation further revealed Vinyard made the threats in response to a previous incarceration, which Vinyard attributed to the judge.

On Sunday, Agents, with the assistance of sheriff’s deputies, arrested and charged the 42-year-old man with one count of Retaliation for Past Action, one count of Assault, and one count of Harassment. He was subsequently booked into the Fayette County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

Kevin Vinyard