Bizarre Twist In Ricin Letter Case

By: Associated Press, NBC News Email
By: Associated Press, NBC News Email

The Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin has been charged with threatening President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker. In a bizarre twist, Sen. Wicker told NBC News that he'd previously hired the suspect as an Elvis impersonator.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Thursday that 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis faced two federal charges accusing him of threatening the president and others. Curtis was to appear in federal court Thursday. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

An affidavit says the letters sent to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a judge in Mississippi told the recipients: "Maybe I have your attention now even if that means someone must die."

Wicker told reporters Thursday that he had once hired Curtis to perform as an Elvis impersonator at a party. “I have indeed met him,” Wicker said. “He was very entertaining.”

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