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US man pleads guilty in Obama anthrax hoax

Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 14:40

Denver: A man has pleaded guilty to sending letters containing white powder to President Barack Obama, members of Congress from Colorado and Alabama, and to Argentine consulates.
Jay DeVaughn pleaded guilty yesterday to 13 federal counts of mailing threatening communications. DeVaughn, also known as Jay Paige Ewards, mailed a letter to Obama that was intercepted Sept 10, 2009.

The white powder in the letters was harmless.
The 40-year-old DeVaughn mailed letters criticising federal health care reform to members of Colorado`s congressional delegation last year and this year. He sent letters to Alabama congressional members in January.

He will be sentenced on November 19, when he will face about two years to nearly five years in prison.


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 14:40

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