- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and prison sentences of a Tucson man found guilty of using a chemical weapon on a couple who were customers of his power-washing business.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld Todd Russell Fries’ convictions for using a chemical weapon and making false statements to the FBI.

He was accused of placing chlorine chemical devices at the home of the couple with whom he had a billing dispute in 2009.

The devices emitted a chemical cloud that forced evacuation of the neighborhood, and the appellate court’s ruling said the devices had the potential to harm many people.

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