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January 18, 2014

Peabody man apologizes to judge for alleged threats

PEABODY — A Peabody man, on probation in a violent domestic abuse case, apologized yesterday to a Salem Superior Court judge, days after he allegedly made threats to harm him.

Richard Lowry, 50, was late for a meeting with his probation officer and drug test on Monday and was sent to the courtroom for a hearing in front of Judge John Lu.

Lu is one of the judges supervising probationers in a new, high-stakes program aimed at reducing recidivism. The penalties in that program are harsh, even for relatively minor violations like showing up late.

Lowry allegedly made several threatening comments about the judge to the probation officer, Todd Angilly.

The officer reported the comments to his superiors, and the state police were also notified.

Lowry, who turned himself in on Wednesday on a probation warrant, apologized that day and then again yesterday to both Lu and the probation officer.

“I want to apologize to the court and to Mr. Angilly,” Lowry, in handcuffs, told the judge. “He’s a good person. I got very frustrated. I’m sorry for disrespecting the court like that.”

Lowry received a 10-day jail sentence for the probation violation, and will then be back on probation.

He is on probation for an hourslong attack in 2009 on his then-wife, 21, in their Peabody home as their young children watched, one yelling “Daddy, stop!” After the wife later refused to testify, however, most of the charges were dropped, and Lowry received a 21/2 year sentence in jail followed by five years probation.

He has not been charged criminally with making the alleged threats against the judge.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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