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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Friday, May 18, 2018

Former Senior Living Facility Resident Pleads Guilty to Possession of Ricin

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Betty Miller, 70, formerly of Shelburne, Vermont, pled guilty today to a one count superseding information charging her with knowingly possessing Ricin in violation of 18 U.S.C. §175b(c). Miller’s plea came pursuant to a plea agreement filed by the parties which includes a binding sentencing recommendation of time served with a recommendation for a three year term of supervised release to include placement at a secure mental health treatment facility. The Hon. Christina Reiss deferred acceptance of the plea agreement until a pre-sentence report can be prepared. Sentencing in this matter is set for September 6, 2018.

AUSA Eugenia A. P. Cowles appeared for the government. Ms. Miller was represented by Paul S. Volk, Esq.

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Updated May 18, 2018