Virginia man accused of courthouse bomb threats

JONESVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Virginia man is facing felony charges after being accused of phoning in two bomb threats to the Lee County Courthouse in order to avoid going to court.

The Kingsport Times-News is reporting that 28-year-old Jason David Nichols of Blackwater has been charged with two counts of threatening to bomb or burn a public building.

Nichols was due in court on Tuesday to face a misdemeanor charge of failing to pay a fine. Now he's facing up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities say he was trying to get court proceedings stopped Tuesday by phoning in two bomb threats.

Investigators say Nichols used his own phone to call in the threats and that's how authorities were able to track him down.

Nichols is being held in jail without bond.

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