A Connecticut man was charged with sending more than 50 anthrax hoax and bomb threat letters to recipients including government officials and buildings, federal authorities said. A complaint charging the 43-year-old of Thomaston and Morris, Connecticut, was unsealed September 22, the Department of Justice said in a statement. The suspect has been in custody since he surrendered to authorities in North Dakota September 7. He appeared September 22 in federal court in North Dakota, where he agreed to be returned to Connecticut. “This defendant is alleged to have sent more than 50 letters nationwide, in which he threatened to kill numerous victims, by shooting them, bombing the buildings in which they work or exposing them to a substance that he claimed was, but was not, anthrax,” the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut said in the statement. The letters resulted in the evacuation of a post office, a town hall and a public school, he said. The suspect is charged with mailing threatening communications and with making threats through the mail to kill, injure or intimidate a person, or to damage or destroy any building by means of an explosive, authorities said. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each charge.
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