Overland Park Man Charged With Making Second Anthrax Threat

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - An Overland Park man who spent time in prison for making an anthrax threat is accused of doing it again.

U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch says 47-year old John Philip Barker is charged with sending an assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas a letter containing a white powder he claimed was anthrax.

The criminal complaint says Barker mailed the letter Aug. 19. The complains says it included an envelope containing a white substance and a scrap of notebook paper bearing the handwritten message, "YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ANTRAX DIE."

Prosecutors say the Assistant U.S. Attorney who received the letter prosecuted Baker for making a similar threat in June 2008 in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service in Austin Texas. In that case, Barker was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

If convicted of the current charges, Barker faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,0000.


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