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Grand jury returns 2 indictments for inmate anthrax hoax

7:33 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Two Florida Department of Corrections inmates were indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of sending hoax Anthrax letters to sitting judges.

Randy C. Johnson, 22, and John Ford, 21, face maximum penalties of 5 years in prison each if found guilty, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.  

Investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reported that each of the men allegedly sent an envelope containing a threatening letter and a substance with the false appearance of Anthrax.

Johnson, in January 2012, allegedly sent an envelope to a sitting United States Magistrate Judge in Tampa. In August 2012, Ford allegedly sent an envelope to a sitting Florida Circuit Judge. Both individuals charged were inmates of the Suwannee Correctional Institute at the time of reported crimes.

If convicted, the federal prison sentences may run consecutive to the sentences Ford and Johnson are currently serving. Trial dates have not yet been assigned.

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