The anthrax attacks in 2001 prompted policy changes within the United States Postal Service and corporate mailrooms across the country, with regards to how letters and packages were handled. 
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Photo: AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer

Arsonist sentenced for fake anthrax sent from jail to AJC, others

A man was sentenced Friday to two years for mailing fake anthrax threats from jail to the State Bar of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Travis Ball mailed the letters, which contained a granular substance and included the words “have some anthrax,” while incarcerated in Coffee Correctional Facility in Nicholls, Georgia in April 2016.

The letter to the State Bar threatened to kill all lawyers, and the letter sent to the Salt Lake City church threatened to kill Mormons and burn their churches, according to the Department of Justice. 

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Ball, 50, was in state custody for a prior arson conviction. 

He was convicted on the recent charges March 1, after pleading guilty. Last week, U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. sentenced Ball to the prison term plus three years of supervised release. 

He was also ordered to pay $10,704 in restitution.  

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