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Lauderdale man sentenced for threatening school shooting, violence against Black people

Christian Blake Bunyard
Christian Blake Bunyard (photo courtesy of the Madison County Detention Center)

A Lauderdale County man will spend over three years in federal prison for using a social media app to threaten a school shooting and to commit acts of sexual violence against Black people.

Court information reveals that in May and July 2020, 21-year-old Christian Blake Bunyard utilized social media platform Snapchat to threaten a school shooting, to kill and rape Black people in Oxford, and to rape another Snapchat user if she did not provide nude photos.

Bunyard was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in November 2020. He entered a guilty plea in April 2021 to making threats in interstate commerce and making an interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly T. Purdie prosecuted the case.

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