Skip to comments.WMD Threats: Some Thugs Never Learn
Posted on 09/02/2005 7:42:33 PM PDT by Gene Vidocq
Roger Evans was sentenced to life in prison by US District Court judge in Panama City, Florida last month. Evans, already an inmate at a Florida state correctional facility, received the life sentence for mailing an anthrax threat letter in April 2004 to the office of the Clerk of the US District Court in Pensacola, Florida. The letter contained a substance later determined to be non-toxic.
In December 2004, Evans pled guilty to violating three federal statutes in connection with the anthrax threat: he threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction against property that is owned, leased, or used by the US government; he mailed threatening communications using the US Postal Service; and he assaulted, resisted, and impeded certain federal officers.
Now comes the bizarre part of the Roger Evans case: during sentencing it was revealed that during the course of the investigation and prosecution of Evans, he continued to send threatening communications to the court, to the federal prosecutor assigned to the case, and even to his own defense counsel.
In fact, during the week preceding sentencing, Evans sent what he claimed was a biological agent through the mail to the federal prosecutor, requiring an immediate response from the FBI and Hazardous Materials or HazMat personnel. The substance was again found to be non-toxic.
But that's not all. On the very day of his sentencing, Evan sent the federal prosecutor yet another communication threatening the prosecutor, the entire court and the his defense counsel, as well as their families. This time, the defendant claimed to have as many as four accomplishes outside of prison that would carry out the defendant’s WMD attacks.
Mr. Evans received life imprisonment on the charge related to threatened use of anthrax. This sentence, and his conviction under the new federal “terrorism," represents one of the first such convictions under this particular statute in the country. The defendant also received sentences of 120 months and 96 months imprisonment respectively on the other two charges. Evans received an enhancement to his sentence due to his actions qualifying as a serious violent felony.
Evans will serve the remainder of his state sentence in custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. His tentative release date is in June 2030 at which time he will be 76-years old. He will then be placed in custody of the US Bureau of Prisons for the remainder of his life. One can safely assume the corrections officers, supervisors and warden will begin receiving threats from Evans. It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and over again, each time expecting different results. In Roger Evans' case it appears to be an accurate description of insanity.
Source: US v. Evans, USDC, Northern District of Florida (2005)
Be he STILL will have mail priviledges.
Yup. Effectively life in prison for a kook who actually harmed no one. Just bothered our rulers.
I feel so much safer. Make a crank call to our rulers - life in prison. Wonder how Juanita Broderick and Mary Jo Kopechne's family feel about our rulers' being annoyed?
Ohio Gov. Mail Room Investigated
Posted by FoM on May 25, 2000 at 13:01:32 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Las Vegas SUN
The State Highway Patrol is investigating a possible drug-smuggling ring run out of Gov. Bob Taft's office mail room by four minimum security prisoners on a work program.
The scheme apparently involved using the mail for marijuana deliveries, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday, quoting unidentified sources.
The highway patrol is in charge of the investigation because it is responsible for the governor's security and for investigating crimes within state government offices.
Lt. John Born, the patrol's spokesman, would not confirm the newspaper's report.
"An investigation is under way involving inmates at the governor's office, but we can't discuss specifics of it at this point," he said Thursday.
No charges have been filed, Born said.
Taft spokesman Scott Milburn did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the investigation Thursday.
The inmates from Orient Correctional Institution had been assigned to handle duties such as mail sorting and news clipping.
They returned to the facility after work every night.
Joe Andrews, spokesman for the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, refused to discuss the specifics of the case.
But he said inmates who work in the governor's office are minimum security prisoners who have been sentenced for nonviolent crimes and have indicated they can be trusted to work outside prison under the supervision of state employees.
"We take into consideration their previous history and behavior while incarcerated," he said.
Andrews would not say how many inmates work in state government or in the governor's office.
Columbus, Ohio (AP)
Published: May 25, 2000
Copyright 2000 Las Vegas SUN, Inc.
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