Dutschke Pleads Guilty

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Oxford, Miss.

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

James Everett Dutschke entered the plea Friday during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss.

The 42-year-old previously pleaded not guilty and denied sending the letters. He also denied a later charge that, while incarcerated, he tried to recruit someone else to send a ricin-tainted letter.

Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending the letters to Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, and Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. The judge was the only one to receive a letter, though she was not harmed. The letters to Obama and Wicker were intercepted.

Prosecutors recommended a 25-year sentence. That sentence would run concurrently with any sentence Dutschke would face in state court, where he's facing unrelated fondling charges.


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