Former student pleads guilty to ricin possession

Courtesy of Federal Bureau of Investigation

Former Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of unregistered possession of ricin, which was allegedly found in a plastic bag in his dormitory room in March.

Milzman appeared before U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is awaiting the court's approval of the plea agreement, which includes a prison sentence ranging from one to two years, three years of supervision following his release and financial penalties. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2014.

According to a statement of offense submitted to the court, prior to Milzman's arrest he had contacted a friend who served as a resident adviser for his dorm. Milzman went to his friend's dorm room and produced a bag of the powdery substance.

Milzman allegedly told his friend that the bag contained ricin and explained that he made it over a period of four days during a school break. After Milzman left the dorm room, law enforcement officials were notified. Milzman allegedly told officials he intended to use the ricin on himself.

Tests performed on the ricin revealed it could have been lethal to a person weighing approximately 220 pounds.

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