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Central NY man charged with mailing fake anthrax letters


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Cicero man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly mailing threatening letters containing a white powdery substance.

Brian Daniel was arrested and charged with Mailing Threatening Communications and Transmitting False Information and Hoaxes.

The 59-year-old is accused of mailing 21 threatening letters containing white powder alleged to be either anthrax or ricin to various addresses in the Syracuse, N.Y. area and elsewhere beginning in about 1997 and continuing through 2012.

Those receiving letters included LeMoyne Collegte and Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse. In addition, U.S. Senator John McCain, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle also received letters.

Analysis of the powder proved that it was harmless.

If convicted, Norton faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years incarceration. He is being detained pending a detention hearing on June 16.

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