Man charged for terroristic threats to Smith Co. State Farm has criminal history


SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A suspect has been arrested and identified after making terroristic threats against a State Farm Insurance office in Smith County.

The suspect, Gregory McClesky, has a history of making abusive calls to 911. McClesky was arrested in May of 2014 and held on bond in Henderson County.

McClesky pled guilty and was convicted in 2015.

He is being held in the Smith County Jail on a 100,000 bond.


On August 7, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an individual making threatening phone calls to a State Farm office.

The location of the office was not released, however, the Troup Police Department was an agency in the investigation. They were the only city police department involved in the case.

After deputies listened to the calls, they identified the number and where the calls were coming from.

Gregory McCleskey

The caller was identified as Gregory McCleskey, 62. McCleskey stated he had an AK-47 and the insurance company needed to pay his claim.

An arrest warrant was issued, charging McCleskey with a 3rd-degree felony offense of terroristic threat – placing the public in fear of serious bodily injury.

If convicted, McCleskey faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Before 5:00 p.m., McCleskey was arrested after refusing to leave his residence.

Judge Russell recommended the bond be set at $100,000. He remains in the Smith County Jail.

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