Kansas man accused of kidnapping judge held on $1.3M bond

A 33-year-old man accused of holding a Kansas judge hostage is charged with terrorism and is jailed on $1.3 million bond.

A criminal complaint says Jason Linn Nichols was charged Tuesday with one count of terrorism and that he could also face up to seven other counts including kidnapping and making a criminal threat.

He’s accused of holding Finney County Judge Wendel Wurst hostage in Wurst’s Garden City home on May 31. Police say Nichols was upset over a custody case that Wurst handled. The judge was released unharmed after several hours.

The Kansas attorney general’s office says a terrorism conviction in Kansas carries a possible life prison sentence.

It’s unclear if Nichols has a lawyer to comment on his behalf. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

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