Bomb threat suspect sees case continued

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 11, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – The case against a Dinwiddie woman charged with allegedly making a bomb threat against a Petersburg house of worship has been continued for a second time.

According to court records, North Dinwiddie resident Renee Nunnally was scheduled to re-appear in Dinwiddie County General District Court late last month but, her case was continued for a second time, with her preliminary hearing now set for September 23. 

In May, Petersburg Police confirmed they had arrested the 48-year-old woman after receiving a tip from a member of the community regarding a bomb threat directed toward the Petersburg Muslim Center along East Washington Street near the city limits. 

“Detectives were able to investigate this incident and determined that at no time were the citizens of Petersburg, houses of worship, or Muslim Centers in any danger,” Petersburg Police said in a statement following Nunnally’s arrest. “Members of the Petersburg Bureau of Police take threats of this nature seriously and will continue to utilize all resources available to us while investigating crimes of this nature.”

The agency credited their partnership with the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigations, along with the community and their tips in allowing the situation to be resolved without incident. 

A motive has for the threat has not been revealed and, according to court records, Nunnally was released on her own recognizance. 

According to state law, anyone found guilty of making a bomb threat, a Class 5 felony, faces a prison sentence between one to ten years in prison or, at “the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.”

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