Sentencing in Mississippi poison-letters case

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 8:32 AM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters laced with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials is being sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) pleaded guilty in January to sending the tainted letters to Obama as well as Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year sentence. It could run concurrently with the recommended 20-year sentence Dutschke faces in state court, where he pleaded guilty to unrelated fondling charges.

Poisoned letters addressed to Obama and Wicker were intercepted before delivery, but one letter reached Holland. She was not harmed.

The 42-year-old Dutschke is a former martial arts instructor.

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