Maine inmate sentenced


BANGOR (AP) – A Maine State Prison inmate was sentenced to eight years in prison for writing threatening letters to two presidents, a governor, a federal judge and other public officials.

Charles D. Miles, 26, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of making threats and eight counts of mailing threatening communications.

He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock.

While at the former Augusta Mental Health Institute in 2000, Miles wrote two letters threatening to kill President Clinton, his wife and their daughter. Two years later, he threatened to kill U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby in a letter sent to her office in Portland.

While incarcerated at Maine State Prison in 2004, Miles sent a letter that contained a white substance he said was anthrax to President Bush, along with a letter threatening to kill the president.

It was received at the White House mail facility, but the substance was found not to be toxic.

Miles also admitted to sending threatening letters to Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a federal judge, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in South Portland.

Seven years ago, Miles was committed to the state mental health institute after he was found not criminally responsible for setting a fire that destroyed the historic grandstand and exhibition hall at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds.

Woodcock found Miles competent to enter not guilty pleas last April. At Thursday’s sentencing, Woodcock urged Miles, who is taking more than half a dozen drugs to treat his mental illness, to continue his treatment when he is released.

Miles was sentenced to serve a year at Maine State Prison after he escaped from the mental health hospital on Dec. 25, 2003. He was to have been released and returned to the state Riverview Psychiatric Center in January 2005, but instead was kept in prison on the federal indictments.

Information from: Bangor Daily News,

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