U.S. Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Poisoned Letters to Obama

A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.

The U.S. Justice Department says James Everett Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor, will serve 25 years in prison.

Dutschke plead guilty to mailing letters laced with ricin to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge last April.

James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Mississippi in April 2013. /Reuters James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Mississippi in April 2013. /Reuters

The letters to the president and senator were intercepted at a mail handling facility. The judge received her letter, but was not harmed.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Dutschke tried to frame another man for the crime, an Elvis Presley impersonator, who initially was charged in the investigation.

VOA News / Jan. 20, 2014 08:20 KST