Ohio inmate avoids more prison time in 2nd anthrax hoax case

Drew Manns. (Photo: Ohio Department of Corrections)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who was imprisoned for arson and sentenced to more time behind bars for mailing white powder to government offices won’t spend extra time in prison for a second anthrax hoax.

Prosecutors alleged 32-year-old Drew Manns sent letters claiming to contain deadly anthrax to a prisons committee and three central Ohio television stations. The powder was actually a sweetener.

The Columbus Dispatch reports his three-year sentence issued Wednesday in Franklin County on the resulting threat-related charges will be served simultaneously with a four-year federal sentence for the other hoax.

An attorney for the Elyria man contends another inmate intimidated Manns into writing the letters. Attorney Jonathan Yoder also says Manns has a genetic condition that causes developmental disabilities and difficulty anticipating consequences of his actions.

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