Billy Currington Indicted For Elderly Abuse

billy currington mugshot1Billy Currington has turned himself in after a Savannah judge issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. The singer, whose bond is set at $27,700, has been indicted on felony charges of terroristic acts and threats, and a count of abuse, neglect and exploitation of an elderly person. Under Georgia law, each charge is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

The charges came after a 70-year-old tour boat captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, said he was chased by the entertainer from a waterfront home on Tybe Creek in Chatham County, Ga., to a dock where Currington threatened him while shouting profanities. Ferrelle, a charter boat captain, was giving a boat tour around Tybee Island, when he passed Currington’s property on April 15, according to a police report. The report continues that Currington yelled at the boat from shore and then jumped in his own boat and followed as Ferrelle went to his slip at a nearby dock.

Ferrelle says he “feared for his life,” and that Currington threatened that “he was going to (expletive) Mr. Ferrelle up,” according to the police report.

Currington addressed the situation on Twitter on April 24, thanking fans for their support. “hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time.”He previously commented on the situation via Twitter on April 17, saying, “Harrassing (sic) artist often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas (sic) all i know.” Currington is a native of Georgia and has enjoyed success with several hit singles, including “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “People Are Crazy,” “Good Directions,” and several others.

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