Student Who Made Threat Given Community Service, Counseling

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A student who made a threat at Chattanooga State that caused a lockdown at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale has avoided jail time.

James Michael Gaines will do community service and receive counseling.

He presented a letter of apology to General Sessions Court Judge David Bales.

Neal Pinkston, assistant district attorney, said the case will be reviewed after 90 days.

Attorney Lee Davis said it was a lapse in judgment, not a serious threat.

He said Thursday, "Today Jimmy Gaines appeared in Sessions Court before Judge David Bales on a C felony charge of making a false report.  Executive District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a motion to review the disposition of the case in 90 days on the condition that Mr. Gaines do three things. 1. Write a letter of apology. 2. Do eight hours of community service and 3. Seek counseling.  

"On behalf of Jimmy Gaines, our office submitted to the court a letter of apology and proof of counseling. Community service will be performed at a local nonprofit over the next few weeks.

"The case will be reviewed at 1:30 p.m. on June 5 and at that time the parties expect the matter to be resolved."

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