Man accused of threatening Appalachian Trail hikers pleads guilty to charges

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The Appalachian Trail hiker accused of threatening other hikers on the trail was sentenced in Unicoi County Sessions Court Thursday.

James Jordon, 30, of Massachusetts, received probation and ordered to pay fines following his hearing.

According to the clerk’s office, Jordon pleaded guilty to criminal impersonation, possession of a Schedule VI drug and public intoxication.

Jordon went by the name “Sovereign” while hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

“Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said Jordon was taken into custody overnight Monday. He had drugs and a large knife with him.

He was also accused of threatening other hikers on the trail with a shovel.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy said hikers should remain aware of those around them while hiking. If they notice suspicious activity, they should call the ATC or local authorities as soon as they can.

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