Grand jury to hear Muslim center bomb threat case

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: October 14, 2019 | 1:45 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – A Dinwiddie County grand jury is expected to hear the Commonwealth’s case in connection with a local woman who allegedly made threats to bomb a Petersburg house of worship earlier this May.

According to court records, local prosecutors are expected to present their case against 48-year-old Renee Marie Nunnally of North Dinwiddie to a seating of the grand jury on October 15, roughly five months after the woman was arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat directed at the Petersburg Muslim Center along East Washington Street.

In May, Petersburg Police announced they had arrested Nunnally after they received a tip from a member of the community about the threat targeting the Petersburg Muslim Center just on the edge of the city’s eastern 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.

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

If the grand jury finds evidence presented by the Commonwealth to be sufficient enough to move forward with the case in Dinwiddie County Circuit Court, they would issue a true bill, or indict Nunnally on the felony bomb threat charge.

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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