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Virginia Inmate Convicted For Sending Blood-Smeared Letters To Officials

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Richard Wayne Crowder was convicted this weekend for sending blood-smeared letters threatening President Obama, local judges and a federal agent, reports the Roanoke Times.

The Virginia prison inmate pleaded not guilty, but offered no defense during a two-day trial. Crowder was an inmate at Red Onion State Prison when he mailed the letters to the Roanoke and Roanoke County Circuit Court clerks' offices last summer.

In the letters, Crowder claimed to have hepatitis C and AIDS. He later told federal agents and prosecutors he was not HIV positive, but did have hepatitis and wanted to infect anyone who touched his letters.

Crowder will be sentenced in January. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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