SALT LAKE CITY — The Logan man accused of mailing ricin to the White House and the Pentagon claims he also sent letters with the deadly toxin to the queen of England and Russian President Vladamir Putin, according to court records.
But when told Friday that he would remain in custody pending ongoing legal proceedings, William Clyde Allen III, 39, began to tearfully explain to the federal magistrate that he was looking forward to watching general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this weekend and needs to care for his disabled wife.
A federal complaint was filed against Allen Friday as he simultaneously made his initial appearance in court. The 10-page complaint outlines the details of an already unusual case, made even more unusual by Allen’s tearful plea in federal court.
Even though the letters Allen sent to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and U.S. Navy Admiral John M. Richardson contained “small pieces of what appeared to be castor beans and a note with the same message, ‘Jack and the Missile Bean Stock Powder,'” U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber said the case should not be taken lightly.
“These charges are serious. They are no laughing matter,” Huber said.
The complaint filed Friday accuses Allen of knowingly threatening to use a biological weapon, and four counts of mailing a threat. A federal grand jury will now consider the allegations on Oct. 17 to decide whether a formal indictment should be filed.
The investigation began earlier this week after letters addressed to some of Washington’s top leaders and containing possible ricin, were discovered at a shipping office. The letters did not actually enter the White House or the Pentagon.
“Preliminary field testing (of the four letters) yielded positive for ricin” according to the federal complaint filed Friday. On Wednesday, two test results on the letters also both tested positive for ricin.
FBI investigators were led to Allen’s home in Logan because he put his return address on all the letters, court documents state.
When interviewed by FBI agents earlier this week, Allen claimed to have also sent letters with castor beans to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Queen Elizabeth II and Putin, according to the complaint. Huber could not say Friday if those people had received letters from Allen or not.
He further explained that he had purchased approximately 100 castor beans from eBay and that he had done research on ricin and castor …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News