Man gets eight years in prison for anthrax hoax letter

A man was sentenced on Monday to eight years in prison for sending a fake anthrax letter to a federal judge in 2008.

Marshall DeWayne Williams admitted to sending a signed letter to U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen filled with coffee sweetener to get out of prison and into court to protest a prior sentence. Williams was serving a 109-year sentence for blowing up his stepfather in 1984 in Mesquite, Texas, the Commercial Appeal reports.

"What about the other 72 letters I sent?" Williams said, according to the Commercial Appeal. "I want them to prosecute me. I have no other way to get here in court and tell the jury what's going on."

Williams claimed he sent similar letters to other congressmen, judges, shopping malls, schools and restaurants.

Williams said that he is the victim of a prison conspiracy and that he needed a lawyer to protect his rights. He has gone through seven court-appointed lawyers, one of whom he choked during a prison visit in 2011.

"At a certain point in time you have to live with your voluntary choices," Judge Jon McCalla said, according to the Commercial Appeal. "You are clearly the architect of your own dilemma."

Williams was convicted in 2009 of sending the letter to Breen. The judge ruled against some of the many appeals Williams filed in an attempt to halt his sentence for using a pipe bomb to kill his stepfather, the Commercial Appeal reports.