Dutschke sentencing moved from Aberdeen to Oxford



Daily Journal

James Everett Dutschke’s May 14 sentencing on charges of making ricin and mailing poisoned letters to the president and two other public officials has been moved to Oxford.

Dutschke, 42, will be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock at 10:30 a.m. The sentencing had previously been scheduled for Aberdeen, and the notice of the change was filed Tuesday.

Dutschke pleaded guilty to the ricin plot in January after previously saying he had nothing to do with sending the ricin-laced 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.

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