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After a jury found an Elbert County man guilty of felony menacing, the 59-year-old will face his sentencing in April. George Sumpter was found guilty on Jan. 20 and will be sentenced at 9 a.m. April 18 for threatening to shoot a civil process server.

On June 27, 2009, Elbert County sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance involving Sumpter and the civil process server, a retired firefighter. Sumpter had a gun in his front pocket when he threatened to shoot the victim in the head. The victim’s son, who was in the car at the time, overheard the threat, said Michelle Nail, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

“Both Mr. Sumpter and the victim contacted Elbert County Communications requesting a deputy,” Nail said. “However, when the deputy arrived, Mr. Sumpter refused to come out and speak with him. Ultimately, he did come out, at which time he was arrested.”

Nail said a search warrant for Sumpter’s home revealed two handguns.