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Penn Hills man waives charges of threatening to kill judge

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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Penn Hills man accused of threatening to kill Harmar District Judge David Sosovicka waived the charges against him to court Wednesday.

According to a police complaint, Demetrius Williams, 24, of 149 E. Minister Drive, threatened to look up Sosovicka's home address on Google and “stab him in the chest 130 times.”

Williams is charged with three counts each of terroristic threats and harassment and a charge of disorderly conduct. A charge of retaliation against a prosecutor or judicial official was withdrawn.

Williams remains in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

District Judge Elissa Lang in Sharpsburg heard the charges against Williams.

The alleged tirade against Sosovicka erupted while he was arraigning Williams in his court in Harmar on May 30 for charges filed by Harrison police, which included simple assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a separate incident.

Williams became “extremely outraged” in Sosovicka's courtroom and began to threaten the judge along with two state constables, who transported Williams from the Harrison Police station, according to the police complaint.

Williams proceeded to make death threats against all three men, according to the complaint.

As Williams threatened the men, he was removed from the courtroom and taken to a holding cell at Sosovicka's office, where, the police complaint states, he made more death threats against everyone involved in his arraignment process.

The complaint states that Williams continued to make the threats while he was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or

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