Mississippi Man Indicted Over Sending Ricin Letters to Obama
A man from Mississippi was indicted Monday for allegedly mailing of ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and two other officials.
The five-count indictment charges James Everett Dutschke, 41, with producing and using the deadly toxin as a weapon, using the mail to threaten Obama, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Lee County Judge Sadie Holland, CNN reported.
Dutschke allegedly tried to implicate a man named Paul Kevin Curtis for the crimes, the indictment said, according to CNN.
Investigators searched Dutschke's home and former place of business and found incriminating items including latex gloves and a dust mask, which tested positive for ricin, according to a released affidavit.
According to court papers, the letters said: "Maybe I have your attention now. Even if that means someone must die. This must stop. To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."
If convicted Dutschke could face up to life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Oxford, Mississippi, on Thursday, according to CNN.