Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama
May 19th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
7 months ago

Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama

(CNN) - A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and other public offices, the Justice Department said on Monday.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo pleaded guilty in January to possessing and mailing the threatening letters, which were dusted with the ricin - a natural and highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.

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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Justice Department • Marco Rubio • Mississippi • President Obama • Roger Wicker
April 18th, 2013
07:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Elvis impersonator arrested in ricin scare

CNN's Dana Bash shows how the FBI followed the ricin case trail to an Elvis impersonator, who was subsequently arrested.


Filed under: Roger Wicker
April 18th, 2013
01:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Wicker says he's met accused poisoner

(CNN) - Sen. Roger Wicker, whose Washington office was sent letters laced with the poison ricin, said Thursday he's met the man who stands charged with sending the envelopes.

"He's an entertainer. He's an Elvis impersonator, and he entertained at a party that my wife and I helped give for a young couple that was getting married. He was quite entertaining," said Wicker, R-Mississippi, of Paul Kevin Curtis, who was charged Thursday with making threats against the president and sending threatening letters, according to the Justice Department.
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Who is Roger Wicker?
April 16th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Who is Roger Wicker?

(CNN) – The ricin-tainted envelope intercepted at a Washington mail facility was addressed to Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, CNN reported Tuesday night.

The senator has been assigned a protective detail following the discovery, according to a law enforcement source.

But who is Wicker?
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Filed under: Roger Wicker • Senate