A 45-year-old man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and a US senator has been charged with threatening the life of the president, authorities said on Thursday.
Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested Wednesday by the FBI at his home in Corinth, Mississippi, and was due to appear in court on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and US$50,000 in fines, prosecutors said.
Curtis is accused of sending a letter “containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States” and sending correspondence to others “containing a threat to injure the person or others,” according to a joint statement from the US attorney for the northern district in Mississippi, Felicia Adams, and special agent in charge of the FBI in the state, Daniel McMullen.
The FBI said Wednesday Curtis was “believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the US Postal Service” that contained “a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin.”
The three notes all referred to “missing Pieces” and were signed from “KC,” which matched other letters sent to government officials that investigators suspect all trace back to Curtis, according to court documents.