Fla. man convicted of threatened biological weapon use

Officials with Florida U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh’s office of the Northern District of Florida announced last week that a man had been convicted on two counts of relaying false and misleading information regarding the unlawful and threatened use of a biological weapon

Kenneth Marx, 48, of Bay County, Florida, allegedly made calls to both the FBI and News13 Panama City claiming he had intercepted an email that threatened to place E. coli bacteria in the water supplies at Eglin and Tyndhall Air Force bases, WMBB.com reports.

Officials with the FBI investigated the claims and found them to be false. Following a two day trial, Marx was indicted on February 2, according to WMBB.com, for conveying false and misleading information regarding the unlawful and threatened use of a biological weapon.

Marx is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Richard Smoak on November 10. He could face up to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment for each count.

Marsh praised both the FBI and Panama City Police Department for their  swift resolution to the threat and for their outstanding teamwork while investigating and prosecuting the case, according to the WBBM.com report.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert O. Davis.