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Judge Denies Bond Reduction For Teen Who Made Bomb Threat
Updated January 14, 2016 7:59 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(MARTINSVILLE) - A Morgan County judge has declined to reduce the bail of a teen accused of making bombs and threatening to blow up Mooresville High School.

According to court records, Morgan County Superior Court III Judge Jane Craney denied a request by 18-year-old Jahnathan Dooley's attorney Michael Ice to decrease his bond so the boy's family can get him out of jail.

Dooley is charged with two felony counts of possession of a destructive device and two felony counts of intimidation.

According to police, Dooley allegedly told the staff at Mooresville High School that he was mad because he had been suspended for alleged sexual battery. He told staff member he planned to blow up the school. Those staff members then notified police.

During the police investigation, they found Dolley had filled bottles with motor oil and gas making Molotov cocktails.

Bail for Dooley was set at $30,000 property or surety and $2,000 cash. That required Dooley or his family to have $5,000 to post the bond.

According to the Reporters Time, Jeffery Dooley told the court that he and his wife found out their son has mental health problems and Asperger Syndrome when he was 7. He had been receiving treatment off and on for years. The father told the court that if his son was released he would make sure the teen received treatment. He also claimed he would quit his job and stay home with the boy and the boy could wear a GPS monitoring device.

He also told the judge that the most cash he and his wife could come up with was $1,000.

But Morgan County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Cline asked Dooley how his son was able to purchase a rifle.

Dooley testified that he had taken his son to purchase the rifle, but put restrictions on his son saying he could not have any ammunition unless they were at the shooting range.

The prosecution did not disputed that the teen had a mental illness, and was pleased Jahnathan admitted it, but said the purposes of bail were to keep the public safe. The judge agreed.

Judge Craney ordered the teen to undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation and for his attorney to look for a long-term facility where Jahnathan can stay. She also discussed Dooley's placement in the jail, saying she was not pleased that the teen is being housed in the block with child molesters. The prosecution says the cell block is monitored, but agreed that the jail was not set up to deal with a teen with mental issues.

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