Dutschke sentencing hearing moved up to Tuesday



Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – The sentencing hearing for James Everett Dutschke has been moved again.

Dutschke, 42, will be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Sharion Aycock at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Aberdeen. The hearing had previously been scheduled for Wednesday in Oxford, and prior to that it was scheduled for Aberdeen.

Aycock made the most recent hearing change on Friday.

In January, Dutschke pleaded guilty to charges of making ricin and mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland last April and then framing another individual for the crime.

His guilty plea to four counts brought a recommendation from federal prosecutors for a 25-year sentence. It would run concurrently with any sentence that may result from three fondling charges against Dutschke, a former Tupelo martial arts instructor, in Lee County Circuit Court.

Dutschke faced a maximum penalty of life in prison on the production of the letter. He has been in the Lafayette County Detention Center since last April without bond.

Part of Dutschke’s plea agreement stipulates that a later ricin-related charge will be dropped. A Nov. 20 indictment alleges that while in jail he attempted to recruit others to acquire ricin and send it in a letter to Wicker.

Last month, the former martial arts instructor from Tupelo requested and was granted a two-day extension to file any responses or objections to the government’s pre-sentencing report.

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