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Ricin: Senator hired suspect to play Elvis at a party

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A US senator who was sent a poison-laced letter once hired the suspect to perform as an Elvis impersonator at a party, reported SkyNews. Senator Roger Wicker made the disclosure on Thursday, a day after Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested on Wednesday on charges he threatened President Barack Obama and other US officials. He could face 15 years in prison if convicted.

He was taken into custody by the FBI at his home in Corinth, Mississippi - just over the Tennessee border from Memphis, where police say the letters were postmarked. An attorney for Curtis said her client was surprised by his arrest, and maintains his innocence.

Chrisi McCoy, a friend of the Curtis family, represented Kevin Curtis as he appeared in federal court on Thursday shackled and wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt.

The letters to Mr Obama and Mr Wicker were intercepted at mail sorting facilities before they arrived at the US Capitol building and the White House.
Both letters read: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."
They were signed: "I am KC and I approve this message."

The substance inside both mailings has been verified as ricin, said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrence Gainer, but the FBI has not yet reported on its own independent tests.

Ricin is a highly toxic, naturally occurring protein found in castor oil plants. A dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human.

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