Alabama man pleads guilty to anthrax hoaxes

An Alabama man has pleaded guilty to 23 counts of mailing hoax anthrax letters to people in the state.

On July 12, Clifton Lamar Dodd of Lincoln, Alabama, pleaded guilty to mailing 15 letters filled with a white powdery substance to people between March 6 and April 5, 2010, as well as an additional eight hoax anthrax letters mailed on April 24, 2010, Fox6 reports.

Recipients of the hoax letters included U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama Senator Jim Preuitt of Talladega, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard, two Talladega County state court judges, Lincoln and Oxford police investigators, and several Talladega County Jail inmates who served time at the same time as Dodd, according to Fox6.

Dodd pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon just before his trial was set to begin, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced in a release.

“We are pleased with the defendant’s decision to plead guilty and look forward to sentencing,” Vance said.

Another man who allegedly conspired with Dodd to mail the letters pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last year, according to Fox6.

U.S> Attorney Michael Whisonant prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the Federal Protective Service and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office.