Florida inmate sentenced for anthrax hoax
Justin B. Lane addressed the letter to then Florida State Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe in the beginning of 2012 while he was in the middle of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery and grand theft, according to Sun-Sentinel.com.
"I hope you inhale this...and your heart explodes," the letter said, Sun-Sentinel.com reports. ""What do you think the white powder is? Could it be something like Anthrex [sic]?"
Lane misspelled anthrax, the deadly pathogen considered to be one of the world's most dangerous potential bioweapons.
The building housing the prosecutor's office was temporarily shut down as a result of the letter. The Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue HAZMAT team was called to the scene and tested the powder. There they discovered it was harmless.
Within two weeks, however, McAuliffe resigned his position and accepted a job as general counsel at Oxbow Corporation, an energy and commodities firm, Sun-Sentinel.com reports.
A series of letters containing anthrax spores killed five people and sickened 17 in 2001. The first fatality in the attacks, Robert Stevens, was a Palm Beach County photo editor.