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Spokane Man Pleads Not Guilty to Ricin Charges

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man charged with mailing a ricin-laced letter to the President of the United States has pleaded not guilty in federal court.
    
37-year-old Matthew Buquet entered not guilty pleas to three charges on Wednesday during an appearance before a U.S. magistrate.
    
Buquet has waived a bail hearing in the case and remains in the Spokane County Jail.
    
He is charged with producing and transferring a biological toxin; mailing a threatening communication to the president of the United States; and mailing a threatening communication to a federal judge. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
    
The FBI has said Buquet mailed a total of five ricin-laced letters to various federal entities. All the letters have been recovered and there are no reports of injuries.

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