An inmate of the Big Sandy Penitentiary in Inez has been indicted on charges that he falsely communicated to numerous Kentucky officials, including the governor, that packages mailed to them contained anthrax, smallpox or explosives.
Marshall DeWayne Williams, 48, was charged with 21 counts of falsely telling federal judges and several Kentucky congressmen that whoever opened a letter would be exposed to anthrax or smallpox.
The indictment was filed in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on Thursday.
Williams was incarcerated in 2009 at Big Sandy Penitentiary in Martin County for killing his stepfather with a pipe bomb in 1984 in Texas.
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Williams also was indicted last July in U.S. District Court in Lexington for possessing a weapon called a shank at Big Sandy on Aug. 20, 2009. Williams assaulted a U.S. Secret Service agent, according to the indictment. That case is pending.
The most recent indictment said that on July 6, 2009, Williams conveyed "false and misleading information" that would have led someone to believe a package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service contained explosives.
Those packages were sent to the adjutant general of the Office of Homeland Security in Frankfort, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Louisville and Gov. Steve Beshear, the indictment said.
Jill Midkiff, a spokeswoman for Beshear, declined to comment. "We do not discuss matters related to the governor's security," Midkiff said Tuesday.
The indictment also said that on July 1 and 2, 2009, Williams conveyed false information that a letter contained anthrax.
Those letters, according to the indictment, went to U.S. Reps. Harold "Hal" Rogers, Geoff Davis, Brett Guthrie and Ed Whitfield, all Republicans, and John Yarmuth, a Democrat.
They also went to the director of the Office of Homeland Security in Louisville; unnamed federal judges in Louisville, Pikeville, Frankfort, Covington and London; the U.S. Attorney's Office in London; and other federal officials.
Williams was sentenced to 60 months in prison in U.S. District Court in Tennessee in February 2009 "for mailing a letter containing a white powdery substance and a threatening message to a federal district court judge in Memphis. The letter read: "ATTENTION: You have just been exposed to one gram of powerful crystal Anthrax," according to a 2009 release by the FBI.
Williams thought he should have been released on parole in 1994, 10 years after killing his stepfather with a pipe bomb in Texas, according to news reports.
Those reports described Williams as a former Marine who booby-trapped a newspaper rack to kill his stepfather.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons Web site said Tuesday that Williams is now "in transit" between prisons.