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Man pleads guilty to writing letters threatening president

September 01, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he sent letters threatening the lives of President Bush and a Virginia attorney, a U.S. District Court clerk said Tuesday.

Jack T. Guyer, 25, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to all four counts of a federal indictment that charged him with threatening to kill the president, kill then-Orange County (Va.) Commonwealth Attorney Timothy K. Sanner, destroy the Louisa County Courthouse with explosives and use a weapon of mass destruction - anthrax - said Michele Bossems, a court clerk.

Guyer was already in custody on unrelated charges when he sent the letter threatening the president and a letter to Sanner containing white drink powder intended to look like anthrax, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig "Jake" Jacobsen.

Jacobsen, who was not available for comment Monday, has said Guyer made the threats to Bush and Sanner while being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail on the federal charges out of Maryland.

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A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore states that Guyer was indicted in 2002 for mailing threatening letters to two Maryland law enforcement officers who had investigated him.

Jacobsen has said there is a maximum sentence of life in prison for any of the four counts Guyer pleaded guilty to on Monday.

Guyer is being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County while awaiting sentencing on the latest charges, a jail spokesman said.

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