Colorado man to plead guilty to anthrax hoaxes

A Colorado man who was charged in U.S. District Court in Alabama in connection with several anthrax mailing hoaxes has told authorities he intends to plead guilty to the crimes.


The Birmingham News reports that Jay Stuart DeVaughn, 41, of Denver, will plead guilty to three counts of false information and hoaxes in Alabama. The sentencing will be handled in U.S. District Court in Colorado, where DeVaughn faces similar charges involving bogus mailing to officials elsewhere.


DeVaughn will plead to sending threatening mailings to three government officials in Alabama on Jan. 3, 4 and 5. The envelopes were addressed to U.S. Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and to U.S. Rep Mike Rogers' Anniston, Ala., office.


Each envelope contained not only a white powder but also a letter referring to the powder as deadly anthrax.


DeVaughn remains in federal custody in Colorado.


Devaughn has been accused of sending threatening mailings elsewhere, according to federal court records. In February, the Argentine Consulate in Los Angeles received a letter containing a white powdery substance that was determined to have been sent from Denver. In March, he was charged with four counts apiece of mailing threatening letters and being responsible for false information and hoaxes, federal court records show.