Aiken man charged with threatening to officer

Willie Franklin

An Aiken man has been charged with making verbal threats to an Aiken Public Safety investigator.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents arrested Willie Maurice Franklin, 23, of Stone Drive, on Wednesday on charges of threatening a public official. The misdemeanor offense comes with a penalty upon conviction of up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

According to a warrant, Franklin threatened Investigator Kirk Owen on Monday at the Aiken County Detention Center, 435 Wire Road.

Franklin had been arrested by officers Monday morning in connection with a series of burglaries in downtown Aiken last week. From that arrest, he faces charges of trespassing after notice, criminal conspiracy and accessory after the fact.

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