- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York man who pleaded guilty to mailing threatening letters falsely claiming they contained deadly anthrax or ricin has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.

60-year-old Brian Norton of Cicero also was ordered Wednesday in federal court to undergo three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Norton admitted sending at least 21 death-threat letters to individuals, businesses, law enforcement groups, schools, and public officials from November 1997 through December 2011. Norton’s plea agreement includes his admission that he wrote the letters and that all but one contained a white powder.

Among those who received letters were U.S. Sen. John McCain, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Le Moyne College and Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School in Syracuse.

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