Man found guilty of mailing fake anthrax letters

A Florida man was found guilty on June 11 on three counts of falsifying information involving the threatened use of anthrax and one count of threatening to bomb the Federal Courthouse in Tallahassee.

Jamie Lee Wambles, a 32-year old man from Sneads in Jackson County, is a convict currently serving a seven year sentence in the Jackson County Jail for state firearm charges. Wambles faces up to 25 years in prison and $1 million in fines for allegedly mailing threatening letters.

Wambles was found guilty for allegedly writing threatening letters from the Jackson County Jail to the Clerk's Office at the Federal Courthouse in Tallahassee, threatening federal officials with letters that supposedly contained anthrax.

The first alleged letter was written on December 17, claiming it contained anthrax. A second alleged letter was written on December 18, containing a white powder Wambles claimed to be anthrax, which was later found to be crushed Tylenol pills. A third alleged threatening letter written on December 20 threatened federal officials that the courthouse would be bombed. A final alleged letter written on January 7 said Wambles obtained the necessary materials to bomb the courthouse and that he would do so if his demands weren't met.

Officials believe Wambles was upset over the death of his pitbull during his state arrest and wanted the officers responsible for the murder of his dog to be investigated and held responsible. The first three counts against Wambles can result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. The final count for the threatened bombing can result in a 10-year-sentence and an additional $250,000 fine.

Wambles is scheduled to be sentenced on August 29.