Alabama man senteced for anthrax hoax

An Alabama man was recently sentenced to four years and three months in prison by a federal court for sending a series of hoax anthrax letters.

U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced Clifton Lamar Dodd of Talladega County on 23 counts of mailing white powder-filled letters that were meant to be perceived as tainted with the biological toxin anthrax, according to

Dodd pleaded guilty to charges in July, right before his trial was scheduled to begin.

One of the threatening letters was delivered to the office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) in March 2010 at the Robert S. Vance Federal Building. An Alabama state senator, two Talladega County state court judges, Talladega County Sherriff Jerry Studdard and several police investigators who interviewed Dodd were also recipients.

Dodd acknowledged sending a total of 15 hoax anthrax letters in March and April 2010. He also admitting sending eight letters filled with white powder later in April. Dodd committed the crimes with another man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last year, according to

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Whisonant said Dodd terrorized multiple innocent victims who will never be able to forget who it felt like when they thought they had been exposed to a deadly biological warfare agent. He recommended Dodd receive the strictest sentence the law allowed.