No change in transcript for case of ricin letter to Obama

FILE PHOTO James Everett Dutschke Photo Credit: AP Photo

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man imprisoned for mailing poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others won’t be allowed to change a court transcript.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock denied a request by James Everett Dutschke to change what he said was an incorrect quote from a sentencing hearing he abruptly ended.

Aycock said Aug. 5 that a transcript mistake wouldn’t matter because Dutschke affirmed days later in 2014 that he intended to plead guilty.

FILE PHOTO: April 24, 2013 Federal authorities inspect and photograph the minivan driven by James Everett Dutschke near the site of a martial arts studio he once operated, Tupelo, Mississippi Photo Credit: AP Photo
FILE PHOTO: April 24, 2013 Federal authorities inspect and photograph the minivan driven by James Everett Dutschke near the site of a martial arts studio he once operated, Tupelo, Mississippi Photo Credit: AP Photo

Prosecutors say Dutschke sent letters containing ricin in 2013 to Obama, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and local judge Sadie Holland. The letters addressed to Obama and Wicker were intercepted before delivery, but one was opened by Holland, who was unharmed.

Dutschke is serving a 25-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.

 

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