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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.
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.