Tupelo, Mississippi native James Everette Dutschke pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to sending Ricin-laced letters to President Obama. The 41-year-old was also on the hook for mailing letters to Mississippi’s Senator Roger Wicker and Sadie Holland, a Lee County judge.
Dutschke has been in jail since he had been accused of mailing the toxic letters back in April. Until his plea change, he had vehemently denied any involvement in the act of domestic terrorism.
Says Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson about the press release, “It’s closure, and any time you can get that it’s a good thing. [The guilty plea] has eased our community.”
Johnson also feels that his admission will ease the hurt that Dutschke has brought to local victims.
As it turns out, before the Ricin accusations were made, he had been arrested for an act of child molestation involving a 7-year-old girl. Dutschke had been taken into custody last January and released on a $1 million bond, after which he was ordered to avoid any contact with the children of his karate school, their families, or even third parties.
Man guilty of sending ricin letters to Obama http://t.co/XUpcSLtgF1" Convinced himself he was Walter White huh?
— aucontraire (@aucontraire_) January 18, 2014
According to the agreement, Dutschke would plead guilty to the molestation charge next week and after having plead guilty to the charges of possessing ricin, mailing the ricin-laced letters, and threatening the life of the president. He will serve his sentences concurrently in a federal prison. Given that he was facing the maximum of life imprisonment, his defense attorney Ken Coghlan viewed this as the best possible outcome.
“He was facing a lot of uncertainty and at least now he knows where he stands.”
The Justice Department says that the sentencing will come in sixty days.
Initially, Paul Kevin Curtis was set up as the fall guy for the terrorist act with James Everette Dutschke going as far as to lift quotes from the Elvis Impersonator’s Facebook account to try and falsely connect him to the sending of the ricin letters.
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