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Leith Residents React to Court Appearance

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Some Leith residents watched today's proceedings on closed circuit TV.

And they say it will be nice to have those two off the streets.

The Mercer County Court Room was fairly empty, aside from these two Leith city council members. And they say it hasn't been a good three months in town.

"These two have terrorized the community and it's been hell," says city council member and Leith resident, Lee Cook. "The lies, the un-trues, the slander. You have no idea what we've lived through these last three months. Hell...hell is what it's been."

They say living in the same town as Cobb and Dutton has been difficult because it's a scary feeling not knowing what the two men are capable of. 

"My family can go home, without being threatened and live in peace," says Cook. 

Authorities arrested Cobb and Dutton when they were seen carrying guns around town. Now, some residents say relief is finally here. 

"When they were arrested on Saturday, my thoughts were, hopefully this was the beginning of the end. And this is just another notch in that beginning of the end," says city council member and Leith resident, Sherrill Harper. 

It's a good day," says Cook. "It's a good day for the Leith community. I can tell you that."
 

If convicted, Cobb and Dutton could face up to 5 years in prison on each of seven counts of terrorizing.


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