Bomb threat followed 'bad day' at work, man tells court

ACCOMACK, Co., Va. (Delmarva Now) -- An Accomack County man who said he was having a “bad day” when he threatened to bomb the Tyson Foods plant in Temperanceville in May will spend one year in jail.

Patrick Corey, 30, of Horntown told the Accomack County court on Thursday he had no intention of bombing the chicken plant.

Corey was charged with making the bomb threat and destruction of property in connection with the incident during which he also destroyed a light fixture at the plant.

On the witness stand, Corey described his job as a live hanger at the poultry plant as “a frustrating job” and said that is what led to his statements and actions.

“I apologize,” he told the court. “I was frustrated with myself and the job. I didn’t mean to harm anybody.”  

He said  he would like to go to Norfolk and get a job at a shipyard there.  

Defense attorney Carl Bundick said Corey had been in jail since May when the incident occurred and “wants to be released today.” 

He said Corey was walking out the door of the facility when he made the threat. He said Tyson’s was not shut down or evacuated as a result of his threat and asked that Corey be sentenced at the low end of the sentencing guidelines so he could go to Norfolk and work. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan questioned Corey, who admitted to a burglary conviction when he was a juvenile and a conviction for sexual battery. 

Morgan questioned the defendant’s ability to get a job at a shipyard with his felony convictions. 

“it is a serious thing Mr. Corey did,” Morgan said. “It involved workplace violence. He destroyed the light in an act of physical aggression. He has an assaultive nature.” 

Judge W. Revell Lewis III sentenced Corey to five years for the bomb threat and suspended four of those years. He also sentenced him to 20 days for misdemeanor property destruction and 10 days for failing to appear for an earlier court date.

“You requested you wanted to get off early that day. You acted out,” said Judge  Lewis. He also noted that Corey had an assault conviction while in jail. 

Lewis also ordered Corey to be on supervised probation for three years after serving his total sentence of one year and 30 days.

Delmarva Now


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