Knoxville man sentenced in threat against Indiana judge

By: AP
By: AP

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to sending an envelope containing white powder to an Indiana judge has been sentenced to two years in prison.

A plea agreement states 29-year-old Daniel J. Porter in October mailed an envelope containing the powder from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Tippecanoe County Judge Don Daniel in Lafayette, Indiana, knowing that it could be interpreted to be a biological weapon. The substance turned out to be powdered milk.

The agreement says the envelope also contained a letter concerning a case assigned to Daniel. Porter later told investigators he intended to frighten Daniel.

Daniel declined to discuss the threat because it might affect the other case.

The federal judge who sentenced Porter this week recommended substance abuse treatment.

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