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Livingston Man Pleads Guilty To Making A False Threat And Mailing A Threatening Communication

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:28:04 CDT
(Livingston)--A Livingston man faces up to fifteen years in federal prison after he pled guilty to charges that he threatened a family with a mailed white substance, and a letter saying they should seek immediate medical treatment. Sixty seven year old Gary Smith plead guilty on Friday in East St. Louis to felony counts of mailing a threatening communication and making a false threat.

Authorities allege that Smith mailed the letter last June in Madison County. The letter stated that the family's hands were on fire from hte substance purported to be anthrax in the envelope, and they'd been infected with a disease.

Prosecutors say Smith used unspecified food ingredients to mimic anthrax. Smith also faces up to five hundred dollars in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 8th.


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