A San Antonio judgesays he was the target of a murder-for-hire plot involving two Bexar CountyJail inmates.
I knew what I was getting into when I ran for office, said Judge Angus McGinty, who has presided over the 144th District Court since 2011.
The judge identified the mastermind behind the plot as 40-year-old Jeffrey Brian Spaulding, who is awaiting trial for the 2011 murder of his former roommate.
The judge remanded Spaulding to jailwithout bond in October, after bailiffs said he tried to escape during an appearance in McGinty's court.
According to McGinty, Spaulding convinced a fellow inmate to kill the judge if he paid the inmate's bail.
The man, who Bexar County Sheriff's Office officials have not identified, was released from custody December 31.
Sheriff's deputies re-arrested him in early February, shortly after a jail informant revealed the plan to deputies.
The Sheriff's Office provided Judge McGinty and his family around-the-clock security.
We took immediate action to make sure he was safe, said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Every now and then you run across an individual or circumstance that's out of the ordinary. It's not unexpected, but that's the job I'm doing and paid to do, and I'm going to do it, added McGinty.
Spaulding's murder case has been handed over to 226th District Judge Sid Harle.
Spaulding and his accused co-conspirator have not been charged for the murder-for-hire plot, but could face charges ranging from conspiracy to solicitation to commit murder.