A Henderson man pleads guilty to charges that he made threats to use explosives at his former high school. Back in April, a witness told police they heard 20 year old Brenden Mathis make comments at a Henderson McDonalds about using explosives at the county's high school. For the first time, we're hearing his side as he faces up to five years in prison. Mathis took what's called an Alford Plea Deal, where he doesn't admit to doing anything wrong, but admits there's enough evidence that could lead to a possible conviction. April 22, 2013..extra squad cars are on site at Henderson County High, Brenden Mathis' Alma-mater. "I'm not a terrorist, I was having a conversation with my little sister and that was it, I had no plans of hurting anybody never wanted to hurt anybody, I'm a nice guy, I'm not a hateful guy, he says. While Mathis didn't spend much time in jail, he says his family has been a prisoner for the last four months, "It hurt them because everybody thinks she's the sister of a terrorist," he says as he describes what his sisters have been through. The timing may have also had something to do with how serious the threats were taken. "I was just speaking what's on my mind because the Boston bombing just happened, I don't see how my words got twisted into a threat. love my country." He says someone listening to his private conversation totally twisted his words, "We don't have freedom of speech anymore, it's just...I've been afraid of what everybody's saying about me, I can't really do anything about it."
Mathis says this is definitely a lesson learned, "Keep to myself, keep to my family and don't say anything else in public anymore." A Judge will sentence Mathis at the Henderson courthouse September 9th. We have yet to hear verbatim of Mathis' conversation. He plead guilty to second degree terroristic threatening.
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