DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man who admitted mailing 13 letters filled with white powder to President Barack Obama, members of Congress and Argentine consulates in Los Angeles and New York was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison.
U.S. District Judge John Kane also ordered Jay DeVaughn, a former suburban Denver college librarian, to undergo mental health treatment for the three years he will be under court supervision after he is released from prison.
DeVaughn pleaded guilty in August to 13 counts of mailing threatening communications.
He was sentenced by the judge after apologizing and saying he was mentally ill.
“I don’t know why I did it,” said DeVaughn, who has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. “I know that I have an illness that will be with me the rest of my life.”
The U.S. Secret Service and the FBI responded to the powder sent to the White House and to congressional offices and consulates as if it were deadly anthrax until they determined it was a sugar substitute.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Holloway said DeVaughn “set out on a reign of terror that was nothing less than cruel.”
The judge added, “His methods of inflicting mental pain, financial damage and embarrassment were devious rather than physically violent, but they were no less depraved, anti-social and gratuitously harmful.”
(Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)
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