A Corinth man faces a felony charge after allegedly forcing the evacuation of a Booneville industry due to a false bomb threat.

Williams-Sonoma on Townhouse Drive in Booneville was evacuated Monday around 12:30 p.m. after the Booneville Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the manufacturing facility.

Police Chief Michael Ramey said officers evacuated employees from the premises and determined there was no bomb in the facility.

Jaylon Lee Gaines, 25, of Corinth was arrested and charged with false reporting of a bomb. Bond was set at $10,000. Under a state law adopted in 2019, a bomb threat against a place with a group of people is considered a felony and a conviction carries up to a $10,000 fine or up to 10 years in prison.

Ramey said the case will be presented to the next session of the Prentiss County grand jury and he thanked the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in responding to the situation.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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