Man loses appeal of hoax anthrax letter conviction

An appeals court ruled on Monday that a man charged with mailing hoax anthrax letters would serve his full sentence.

Clifton Lamar Dodd, of Lincoln, Alabama, lost an appeal before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Dodd allegedly mailed a series of hoax anthrax letters to state and local elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, in Spring 2010. He pleaded guilty to the crime, later filing an appeal over his conviction and sentence, AL.com reports

The appeals court confirmed the original sentence, given by U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon in 2011, to 51 months in prison. Dodd pleaded guilty in 2011 under a plea agreement to 23 counts of mailing letters containing a white powder, to be perceived as the biological toxin, anthrax. He also pleaded guilty to 23 federal prosecutors to having mailed eight hoax anthrax letters, according to AL.com.

The appeals court also noted that Dodd's attorney, when filing the appeal, admitted to only having done so at the client's request. His attorney also said he did not find anything wrong with the sentence that merited an appeal, and requested to be withdrawn as Dodd's attorney. The appeals court thus confirmed the original sentence, and granted Dodd's attorney the withdrawal he sought, AL.com reports.