Man accused of threatening message to lawyer is arraigned, jailed

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Carbon County man who left a disturbing voicemail two years ago threatening to decapitate an attorney was arraigned and jailed Wednesday afternoon.

Bail for John Large, of Lansford, was set at $25,000 by District Judge James J. Haggerty. Large was unable to post bail and was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Large, 53, allegedly left the voicemail at attorney Leonard Junker’s office in Kingston.

Large was a client of Junker’s 15 years ago.

According to a criminal complaint:

Junker contacted Kingston police after he received the voicemail June 14, 2016. Large identified himself by name in the message.

Police listened to the message that included threats to Junker’s life if he did not send $2,500 that Large claimed Junker owed him.

The message began saying, “Leonard Junker, this is John Large calling.” It was Father’s Day weekend and Junker needed to send the $2,500 to his mother’s home in Lansford.

Large then said, “If you don’t pay, I’m going to burn your house down and kill you.”

The voicemail progressively got more violent as Large stated he would cut off Junker’s head, then rip Junker’s heart out and shove it down his throat.

“The police, the DA and any judge in the state can’t protect you, Junker,” the message continued.

Large was charged with terroristic threats. criminal attempts to commit theft by extortion, criminal use of a communication facility and harassment.

Charges were filed against him April 9.


By Dan Stokes

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