"Anthrax" Suspect Sentenced

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A California man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for threatening to send anthrax to Jackson-based Skytel.

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton said Larken B. Phillips of Altadena, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charge in June. He was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, three years supervised release and fined $1500.

According to the indictment, Phillips placed two phone calls to customer service representatives at Skytel's call center in Jackson on Oct. 29, 2001.

Prosecutors say the calls arose from a dispute involving Phillips' relationship as a customer of Skytel. Lampton said there was no evidence that Phillips ever possessed anthrax or actually intended to send the substance.

Phillips was arrested in February 2003 in California on charges of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.