A man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on Monday for mailing
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen, Miss., sentenced
At his hearing last week, Dutschke withdrew that plea and launched into a 30-minute rant, lashing out at
Dutschke, when asked by the judge whether he would like to make another statement before sentencing, replied: "I think it would be best if I don't," and then laughed, according to the Daily Journal in Tupelo, Miss.
In April 2013, letters containing ricin were sent to Obama, Sen.
On April 17 last year, Curtis, the Elvis impersonator, was detained on suspicion of sending the letters. But officials cleared him after no ricin was found during a search of his home. Curtis, through his lawyer, maintained that he probably had been framed by Dutschke, with whom the impersonator was locked in an online feud.
Ten days later, Dutschke was arrested in connection with the ricin mailings and in January of this year pleaded guilty to one count of developing and possessing ricin, and three subsequent counts of mailing threatening letters laced with the substance.
Last Tuesday, the day he was scheduled to be sentenced, Dutschke said he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea and launched into his tirade, again accusing Curtis, whom he compared to Barney, the purple dinosaur and beloved children's character. Dutschke offered to eat the contents of the letters to show that they weren't poisonous and blamed the government for conspiring against him.
The sentencing was delayed to allow Dutschke time to file the appropriate papers, but he never did. Withdrawing the guilty plea could have opened Dutschke to a possible life sentence as well as a longer sentence in a state court proceeding where he had pleaded guilty to fondling charges. The two cases had been linked in the January plea agreement.
Federal prosecutor Chad Lamar said the judge found the agreement appropriate.