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Sentencing Delayed in Ricin Letters Case, Dutschke Asks to Withdraw Guilty Plea

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A federal judge has delayed sentencing for James Everett Dutschke, the guy accused of sending ricin laced letters to President Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a Lee County judge last year.

Dutschke said he was guilty in January, agreeing to a plea deal to serve 300 months in prison. Tuesday he told the judge he was innocent, saying the substance in question could have never been toxic and that federal agents and prosecutors committed perjury. Also, defendants said there was no ricin found on the face-mask which was traced to Dutschke and there was no DNA linking him to evidence.

Dutschke is now discussing with his lawyer on whether or not to withdraw his guilty plea.

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