PIKEVILLE — The husband of former Martin Mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson will remain in jail pending his sentencing in September, after a judge found that he posed too much of a danger to be released.
Following a hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar ruled Thursday against James “Red” Robinson’s request for release pending sentencing.
Robinson was convicted earlier this month, along with his wife and son, on vote-buying and conspiracy charges. The charges stem from his wife’s 2012 re-election bid, which she lost by three votes.
After his conviction, he was ordered to be held pending sentencing, following an incident outside the courthouse, during a break in the action.
According to Thapar’s ruling, Robinson stood outside the courthouse and confronted FBI agent Randy Copley, Attorney General’s Office investigator Emit Thompson and one other person, in a manner they considered threatening.
In making his ruling, Thapar also cited Robinson’s conviction on a terroristic threatening charge, after he confronted current Martin Mayor Sam Howell during a recanvass of the 2012 race, reportedly telling Howell he “wouldn’t live to take office.”
Robinson joins his son, James Steven Robinson, in jail as they await sentencing. James Steven Robinson was ordered held due to likelihood his conviction violates his probation from a 2009 charge of lying to officials in order to obtain unemployment benefits. Former Mayor Robinson is currently free pending sentencing.