Man indicted for mailing ricin letters

James Everett Dutschke was charged as a defendant in an indictment involving alleged threats to the President with biological chemicals; he will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander on June 6.

Dutschke's indictment was five-count, including the developing, producing, transferring, retaining, stockpiling and possession of a biological agent, ricin, for use as a weapon and having attempted to use it as such.

Dutschke's additional charges include mailing a threatening letter to the President of the U.S., mailing threatening letters to two additional parties and attempting to frame an innocent party. The maximum sentence for the 41-year-old from Tupelo Mississippi is life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervision after release.

Despite allegations, Dutschke is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Dutschke will appear before the U.S. Magistrate in the U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi.

The indictment was a result of the combined efforts of many parties, including the FBI-Mississippi, the U.S. Secret Service, the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department's National Guard 47th Civil Support and others.