- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to threatening an Indiana judge with by mailing an envelope with white powder has been sentenced to two years in prison.

A plea agreement filed in federal court for the Eastern District of Tennessee states that Daniel J. Porter, 29, mailed the envelope in October from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Tippecanoe County Judge Don Daniel in Lafayette, Indiana, knowing that it could be believed to be anthrax. Porter later told investigators that the substance was powdered milk, the document said.

The agreement says the envelope also contained a letter addressed to Daniel concerning a case in his court. Porter later told investigators he had intended to frighten Daniel.

Porter pleaded guilty this week to a federal charge of sending a threatening letter through the mail. U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan also recommended Porter receive substance abuse treatment and a mental health evaluation. Porter also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Daniel declined to discuss the threat with the Courier & Journal (https://on.jconline.com/SwLvEu ) because it might affect the case that the threat concerned.

“I don’t remember much about it,” Daniel said Friday, “but I think I’m prohibited from commenting on anything that may have ramifications on a case here.”

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com

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