Preliminary hearing set in Muslim center bomb threat case

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: June 16, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – A Dinwiddie woman charged in connection with making a bomb threat to a Tri-City area Muslim center is expected to appear before a judge again in July after an initial hearing was continued this month.

According to court records, Renee Nunnally of North Dinwiddie is expected to return to Dinwiddie County General District Court on July 12 after being charged with making a bomb threat, a felony.

The incident dates back to late May where, according to Petersburg Police in a statement, Nunnally was arrested after receiving a tip the prior morning about a threat to bomb a Muslim center in the city.

“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. “Members of the Petersburg Bureau of Police take threats of this nature seriously and will continue utilize all resources available to us while investigating crimes of this nature.”

Police credit their partnerships with Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the community in allowing for the situation to be resolved without incident.

A motive for the threat has not been revealed by authorities.

Court records show Nunnally, 48, has been released on her own recognizance ahead of her expected court date in Dinwiddie on July 12.

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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