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Sentencing date set in Miss. poisoned letters case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for a Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials.

James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen, Miss. The 42-year-old Tupelo man also pleaded guilty in January to sending the ricin-laced letters to Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year sentence. It could run concurrently with the recommended 20-year sentence Dutschke faces in state court, where he pleaded guilty to unrelated fondling charges. Poisoned letters addressed to Obama and Wicker were intercepted before delivery. One letter reached Holland, but she was not harmed.

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