Missouri man's appeal over anthrax letter denied

A federal appeals court has denied the claim to reduce the sentence of a Missouri man who threatened to kill a federal appeals judge in Nebraska with a letter containing a white powder stated to be anthrax.

Jeffrey Phillips of St. Genevieve, Missouri, sent a threatening letter to Judge C. Arlen Beam of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that contained a white powder in July 2009, BND.com reports.

The letter stated, "Enjoy your anthrax," "You are dead," and "Your kids are dead," according to BND.com.

Beam said he had never heard of or reviewed a case involving Phillips. Phillips said that he was angry with the way Beam had handled a case involving some of his friends, BND.com reports.

The three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that Phillips would be allowed to use the internet when he was released, though a provision of his sentence will bar him from downloading child pornography. He had been stopped from accessing child pornography online while he was on supervised release due to his history of sexually assaulting children. Beam was not on the three-judge panel.

In March, Phillips was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for the threatening letter.