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Alleged Sender of Poisoned Letters to President Obama Indicted

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FILE - Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus inspect the home and possessions in the West Hills Subdivision house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss., April 19, 2013.

FILE - Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus inspect the home and possessions in the West Hills Subdivision house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss., April 19, 2013.

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man for allegedly sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator, and a state judge.

James Dutschke faces life in prison if he is convicted.

Charges include possessing a biological agent for use as a weapon and threatening the president of the United States. Dutschke says he is innocent.

He allegedly sent ricin-laced letters to Obama and Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker. The letters were intercepted at mail-handling facilities and the president and senator were never in any danger.

Police arrested Dutschke in April after arresting and later releasing another man whom Dutschke allegedly tried to frame.
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