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Fernandina Beach man pleads guilty to hoax bomb threats

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – A 28-year-old Fernandina Beach man has pleaded guilty to making hoax bomb threats, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday. 

David Anthony Moody faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Moody was arraigned on Feb. 16, 2016.     

According to court documents, between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 2016, Moody wrote six bomb threat notes and left them at various public places in Fernandina Beach. Each note stated that a bomb was going to explode in the downtown Fernandina Beach area, killing a multitude of people.

One of the notes was signed “The F.B. BOMBER!” In an effort to hide his identity, Moody wore gloves when preparing the notes and later destroyed materials associated with the six bomb threats.

Although ultimately determined to be hoax threats, each time a bomb threat note was located, local, state, or federal law enforcement officers responded and conducted a search of the area for explosive devices.    

The case was investigated by the Fernandina Beach Police Department, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services -- Coast Guard Explosive Detection Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations – Jacksonville Office.