US man pleads guilty to sending poisoned letters to Obama
Mississippi (REUTERS) - A Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, and then pinning them on an Elvis impersonator, pleaded guilty in US 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 President Obama, US Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a local Lee County judge, Sadie Holland.
Ricin is a highly toxic protein found in castor oil plants that can kill an adult human in tiny doses.
Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor and one-time political candidate, originally had denied the charges but on Friday changed his plea in US District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, according to a Justice Department press release.