SLED: Beaufort Co. man charged with threatening Sanford

Brian Joseph Macdermant (Source: Beaufort County Detention Center)
Brian Joseph Macdermant (Source: Beaufort County Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Beaufort County man has been arrested and accused of making a threat against Gov. Mark Sanford.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 39-year-old Brian Joseph Macdermant of Hilton Head is charged with threatening the life of a public official.

According to an arrest warrant, Macdermant called the governor's office on Wednesday and threatened to harm Sanford.

Macdermant did not speak directly to Sanford, but a staff member answered the call.

SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons says Macdermant didn't give a specific reason for wanting to harm Sanford.

Authorities didn't know if Macdermant had an attorney and there was no listing for his home on Hilton Head Island.

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