Colo. man expected to plead guilty in anthrax hoax
July 21, 2010
DENVER (AP) – A Denver man is expected to plead guilty to sending threatening letters with white powder to the offices of Colorado and Alabama members of Congress and Argentine consulates starting late last year.
Jay DeVaughn, 41, previously pleaded not guilty to eight federal charges in Colorado, including mailing threatening communications and false information and hoaxes. His attorney, John Scipione, confirmed Tuesday that DeVaughn plans to change his plea to guilty at an Aug. 26 hearing.
Charges filed in Alabama will be transferred to Colorado.
DeVaughn is being held in a Denver-area federal prison.
Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Denver, said a hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday, but the defense and prosecutors wanted more time. Details of a plea arrangement won’t be released until the hearing, Dorschner said.
DeVaughn, a former Community College of Aurora employee, is accused of sending threatening letters with white powder to the offices of several members of Colorado’s congressional delegation.
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White powder was sent in an envelope to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Denver-area office last November, spokesman Nat Sillin told KUSA-TV in Denver. Postal inspectors determined the powder wasn’t dangerous.
DeVaughn, who has family in Alabama, is also accused of mailing threatening letters to the Birmingham offices of U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, and to the Anniston office of U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in January.
Each envelope contained white powder and a letter referring to it as deadly anthrax.
Includes information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com