A Tennessee man has been sentenced to two years in prison after sending an envelope containing a white powder to a Tippecanoe County judge last fall.
Daniel J. Porter, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of sending a threatening letter through the mail.
He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised release by Judge Tom Varlan of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.
According to court records, Porter sent the envelope on or about Oct. 10 from Knoxville to a judge in Lafayette via U.S. mail.
The envelope addressed to Tippecanoe Circuit Court Judge Don Daniel contained a letter concerning a case assigned to Daniel.
Porter later indicated to law enforcement that the powder was powdered milk and was nontoxic, according to records.
"When interviewed, Porter stated that he had hoped his letter would scare the judge," Porter's plea agreement states.
Daniel declined to discuss the situation, saying that to do so may impact the other case.
"I don't remember much about it," Daniel said Friday, "but I think I'm prohibited from commenting on anything that may have ramifications on a case here."
Sending a threatening letter is a violation of U.S. Code that carries possible punishment including a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for a term of not more than five years and a term of supervised release for not more than three years.
A special assessment fine of $100 was waived as the court found Porter does not have the ability to pay it.
In addition to Porter's sentencing, the court recommended Porter receive 500 hours of substance abuse treatment along with a mental health evaluation and any mental health treatment deemed necessary. The court further recommended Porter serve his sentence at a facility as geographically close to the eastern district of Tennessee as possible.
Daniel, who has served as Tippecanoe Circuit Court judge since 2003, is retiring at the end of this year.