ACCOMAC, Va. (Delmarvanow.com) -- An Accomack County man will spend seven months in prison for bomb threats he made against the Tyson Foods plant in Temperanceville in February 2016.
During his trial in March in Accomack County court, Danny Robertson, 33, of Pungoteague had pleaded no contest to the charges of making two calls on his cellphone Feb. 9, 2016, threatening to burn down the chicken plant.
No devices were found in a search of the premises and Robertson was charged with two counts of threatening to bomb or damage a building.
“The plant was not shut down, but this could have happened,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan at Robertson’s sentencing Sept. 21.
He said Robertson had a prior assault and battery conviction and “repeated contact with law enforcement while on bond.”
Defense attorney Theresa Bliss said Robertson said he did not make the calls.
“He did use the phone to call his girlfriend that day,” Bliss said.
She said Robertson was hard-working and had no reason to make the calls. She asked that he be sentenced below the guidelines.
Before being sentenced, Robertson said he was innocent of the charges.
Judge W. Revell Lewis III called the case, “a serious matter.”
He sentenced Robertson to three years on each of the two counts, suspending all but seven months and required him to be on good behavior for five years.
Lewis said he would allow Robertson serve his time on work release if eligible.