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Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw ...

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Dutschke's withdrawl of plea in ricin letters case leaves legal questions

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke’s request to withdraw his guilty plea to charges he sent poisoned letters to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge could bring him more legal trouble. Dutschke also pleaded guilty to state fondling charges. Prosecutors recommended he serve a 20-year sentence at the same time as the proposed 25-year federal sentence under a ...

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Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the defense and prosecutors to lay ...

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Sentencing for man who sent ricin-laced letters moved to Oxford

OXFORD — The May 14 sentencing for James Everett Dutschke has been moved to Oxford from Aberdeen. The order was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court clerk’s office. No explanation for the change was included with the order. Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the 10:30 a.m. sentencing. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of ...

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Trial date set for man accused of sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A July 29 trial date has been set for man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo is charged with sending the poison-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke’s lawyer entered ...

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Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday and entered not guilty pleas ...

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Authorities: Suspect in ricin-laced letters case appeared to try to run

TUPELO — Newly released documents say the man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others appeared to try to evade authorities just days before his arrest. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo was charged April 27 with making ricin, the substance mailed to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County judge Sadie Holland. FBI applications for warrants ...

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Ricin-laced letters case going to grand jury

OXFORD — A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others, an FBI agent testified today. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested Saturday at his home in Tupelo and charged with making ricin, the same ...

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House 'uninhabitable' after search in ricin-laced letter case

CORINTH — Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others are encouraged after speaking with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office about repairing or replacing the man’s house after an intensive search left it uninhabitable. Christi McCoy, an attorney for Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator, said yesterday that ...

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