Gonzales man, 71, accused of threatening judge, attorney _lowres

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Paul Cleveland

A 71-year-old Gonzales man was arrested Friday after telling a clerk of court official in Baton Rouge that he was going to kill an Ascension Parish judge, district attorney and then himself, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Paul Cleveland made the comments in Baton Rouge, when he was leaving the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal after losing an appeal of a DWI arrest, said Allison Hudson, a spokeswoman with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“His statements were made to a clerk of the court and (were) eventually reported to court security and the Baton Rouge Police Department Violent Crimes Unit,” Hudson said in a news release. “A warrant was issued by the Baton Rouge Police Department for threatening a public official.”

Cleveland was arrested at his home in Gonzales later on Friday, Hudson said.

Cleveland, of 11295 Cornerview Road, Gonzales, faces a charge of threatening a public official. He is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail but will be extradited to Baton Rouge, Hudson said.