Kentucky prisoner charged over anthrax hoax

Kentucky prison inmate Marshall DeWayne Williams has been charged in a federal indictment with falsely telling the state’s governor and other officials that they had been sent packages containing smallpox, explosives or anthrax.

The indictment in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, Kentucky, charges Williams with 21 counts of falsely telling several Kentucky congressmen and federal judges that whoever opened a letter would be exposed to smallpox or anthrax, the Associated Press reports.

In 2009, Williams was incarcerated at Big Sandy Penitentiary in Inez, Kentucky, for killing his stepfather with a pipe bomb in 1984 in Texas. Williams said that he should have been released on parole in 1994, a decade after the incident, reports.

Williams was sentenced to 60 months in federal court in Tennessee in 2009 for allegedly mailing a threatening letter with a white powder to a federal judge in Memphis.

The threatening letter read, “ATTENTION: You have just been exposed to one gram of powerful crystal Anthrax,” according to a 2009 release by the FBI.

Williams was also indicted last July in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Kentucky, for allegedly possessing a shank at Big Sandy on Aug. 20, 2009, when he allegedly assaulted a U.S. Secret Service agent. That case is pending.

Williams is now currently in transit between prisons.