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Grand Jury indicts Buquet for threatening to kill Obama

By Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: Jun 19 2013 05:28:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 08:06:47 PM CDT
Matthew Buquet
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Grand Jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Spokane ricin suspect with developing a biological toxin and sending a threatening communication to the President of the United States.

The indictment states that Matthew Buquet developed a biological agent -- Ricin -- in violation of federal law, that he mailed a threatening letter with Ricin in it to President Obama and that he mailed another threatening letter to Federal Judge Fred VanSickle.

The letter addressed Obama contained the statement, "We have bomb placed. We are going to Kill you. Hezbollah."

The same statement was made in the letter addressed to VanSickle.

There's no word on why it was signed Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group labeled by the United States as a terrorist organization.

The FBI said Buquet sent a total of five Ricin-laced letters to the downtown Spokane Post Office, VanSickle, President Obama, Fairchild Air Force Base and the CIA.

All of the letters have been recovered and no one was injured.

If convicted on the charges handed down by the Grand Jury Thursday, Buquet could be sentenced to prison for the rest of his life.

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