A Leflore County woman has been charged with making a terroristic threat by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Tammy Little, 41, 911 Grenada Blvd. Extended, was charged Thursday under the Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law, which went into effect July 1, 2019.

According to the statute, a person commits a terroristic threat when he or she “makes a threat to commit a crime of violence or a threat to cause bodily injury to another person if the threat does in fact cause a reasonable expectation or reasonable fear of the imminent commission of an offense.”

The statute also applies when a person has the intention of intimidating or coercing a segment of the population or an institution, such as a government body or an educational center, to “cede to the person’s demands” or change the way it operates due to the fear of the threat.

The new law makes those convicted of making a terroristic threat guilty of a felony that’s punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for no more than 10 years.

Information regarding the circumstances that led to Little’s charge has not been made public.

Capt. Johnny Poulos, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, said Friday he did not have details about the case immediately at hand but would on Monday.  

As of Friday afternoon, Little was behind bars at the Leflore County Jail.

The Clarion-Ledger reported last year that the most common terroristic threats in Mississippi are school bomb threats, either via phone or social media, according to the FBI and Department of Mississippi Homeland Security.

Since the law’s enactment, several people throughout the state have been charged.

Two juvenile students in Lowndes County were arrested and charged under the law in September, according to the Columbus Dispatch; a former student of Forrest County Agricultural High School, in Brooklyn, was arrested and charged in November, according to The Hattiesburg American.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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