TYLER, Texas –
A 19-year-old Athens, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession
of ricin in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D.
Brown and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers
Keith Fulton pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D.
to information presented in court, from August to September 2016, Fulton
possessed ricin at his home in Athens, Texas. Ricin is a biological toxin
that can be fatal if ingested, inhaled, or injected. There is no known
antidote or cure for ricin poisoning. Fulton made the ricin using
supplies that he purchased online.
Under federal statutes, Fulton faces up to 10 years in federal prison at
sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is
provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by
the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory
factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a
presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and
the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan and Trial Attorney
Jerome Teresinski of the Department of Justice National Security
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas