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Elyria man sentenced to more than four years in prison for mailing what he claimed was anthrax

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio


An Elyria man was sentenced to more than four years in prison for making threats with a white powdery substance, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Drew D. Manns, 33, was sentenced to 51 months in prison. It will be served consecutively to his state prison sentence stemming from an arson.

Manns previously pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communications and related charges.

Manns sent Summit County Clerks and Prosecutor’s Office letters including a white powdery substance, and identified the substance as anthrax in the body of the accompanying letters, according to court documents.

The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office conducted the investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marisa T. Darden.    


Updated October 25, 2016