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Pine Bluff Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing White Powder to Tom Cotton


A Pine Bluff man has pleaded guilty to mailing a white powder to United States Sen. Tom Cotton’s office.  Henry Goodloe, 77, pleaded guilty to a charge of conveying false information about possessing a biological weapon.

Goodloe reportedly mailed a letter to Cotton’s Washington, D.C. office in August 2018 that contained a white powder. Inside, there was a letter that read, “maybe this will get your attention.” The letter had Goodloe’s home address listed as the return address.

Before reaching Cotton’s office, the Senate mail facility intercepted the letter, and a hazardous material response team analyzed the substance, determining that it was unbleached flour and starch.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2018 on charges of mailing a threat to injure the addressee and for conveying false information related to possessing biological weapons.

He pleaded guilty before Untied States District Judge Kristine G. Baker who will sentence Goodloe at a later date.

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