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Ricin suspect sentenced to 25 years in prison

But Dutschke told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen on Monday he changed his mind about the withdraw. But Dutschke told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen on Monday he changed his mind about the withdraw.
Despite investigators found traces of ricin in Dutschke's trash and inside his Taekwondo studio, he maintained his innocence before and after his arrest last year. Despite investigators found traces of ricin in Dutschke's trash and inside his Taekwondo studio, he maintained his innocence before and after his arrest last year.
Court documents say Dutschke sent the letters—both signed, I am KC and I approve this message—in an attempt to retaliate and frame another man, Kevin Curtis. Court documents say Dutschke sent the letters—both signed, I am KC and I approve this message—in an attempt to retaliate and frame another man, Kevin Curtis.

(WMC) - A Mississippi man earned a sentence of 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo will also serve a term of five years supervised released. The announcement follows Dutschke considering to withdraw his guilty plea in the case last week; the judge then delayed the sentence. According to the Associated Press, Dutschke argued that the substance involved was not toxic and that FBI agents and federal prosecutors committed perjury.

But Dutschke told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen on Monday he changed his mind about the withdraw. She sentenced Dutschke for developing and possessing the biological agent ricin and subsequently mailing threatening letters dusted with the poison in April 2013 to Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Court documents say Dutschke sent the letters—both signed, I am KC and I approve this message—in an attempt to frame another man, Kevin Curtis.

"This day, I have no idea who this man is, why he hates me, why he framed me in a presidential assassination," said Curtis, who still feels the sting from once being a suspect. "I've had my brake lights busted out, my tires slashed, home vandalized, yard furniture burned."

Charges were dropped against Curtis. Prosecutors say Dutschke once worked for Curtis' brother.

The Elvis impersonator is working on a documentary titled "I Didn't Do It" to clear his name, but it wasn't too long ago when Dutschke when also tried to dissolve the effects from the accusations.

Despite investigators finding traces of ricin in Dutschke's trash and inside his Taekwondo studio, he maintained his innocence before and after his arrest last year. He openly spoke on camera claiming he had nothing to do with the letters during FBI searches.

An affidavit later revealed that Dutschke bought castor beans from vendors on eBay and PayPal in order to make the poison.

He entered a guilty plea in January; then he addressed the media in the courtroom and said, "I'm still not guilty."

Dutschke served time before Monday's decision on separate, unrelated charges. He was convicted in February 2013 of indecent exposure and sentenced to 90 days behind bars.

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