TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- According to court officials, the man at the center of a national ricin investigation is going before a federal judge at 11:50 a.m. Thursday morning.
Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, was a arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with (1) knowingly depositing for conveyance in the mail and for delivery from any post office any letter, paper, writing or document containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States and (2) knowingly depositing and causing to be delivered by the Postal Service according to the directions thereon, communications addressed to other persons, and containing a threat to injure the person of others.
Curtis is believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin.
The letters were addressed to a U.S. Senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official.
Lab reports have confirmed the letter addressed to Senator Roger Wicker has tested positive for ricin.
If convicted on the charges, Curtis faces maximum possible penalties of 15 years imprisonment, $500,000 in fines and three years of supervised release.
Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested at his residence in Corinth on Wednesday following an investigation conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Secret Service, aided by the following state and local agencies: Lee County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office; Corinth, Miss., Police Department; Booneville, Miss., Police Department; Tupelo, Miss., Police Department; and the Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support Team.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will have the latest as soon as it is available here on WTVA.com and on newscasts on WTVA.