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Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Ricin to Obama, 2 Others

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 05:26 PM

 

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A Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, and pinning them on an Elvis impersonator, pleaded guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a 25-year jail sentence, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, has been jailed since his arrest last April, when authorities accused him of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a state judge in Mississippi.

Ricin is a highly toxic protein found in castor oil plants that can kill an adult human in tiny doses.

Dutschke originally had denied the charges but changed his plea in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, on Friday, according to a Justice Department press release.

He pleaded guilty to developing and possessing the biological agent ricin and subsequently mailing ricin-laced, threatening letters, including one that threatened bodily harm to the president of the United States.

The plea agreement was announced by John Carlin, acting assistant attorney general for national security; Felicia Adams, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi; and Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI's Jackson field office.

Dutschke will be sentenced in about 60 days, the Justice Department said.

Dutschke previously had pleaded not guilty to five counts of a grand jury indictment and denied sending the letters. He also pleaded not guilty on Dec. 3 to a new charge that he tried to continue the scheme from jail.

An initial indictment in June said Dutschke tried to frame Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator, by lifting phrases from Curtis's Facebook account to make it look as though he was responsible for the letters.

The charges against Dutschke carried a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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