Medina Man Admits Sending Flour As Anthrax Hoax

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 20-year-old Medina man admitted sending flour to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in an anthrax hoax last fall.

Zachary Allen pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to felony counts of retaliation and inducing panic.

Allen has been jailed since his Oct. 26 arrest and will stay there until his April 15 sentencing.

He faces up to six-and-a-half years in prison. The county wants him to pay approximately $4,000 to make up some of the cost of responding to the threat.

Allen mailed a check for a traffic violation to the Justice Center in an envelope containing white powder, later identified as flour.

Prosecutors said that the court employee who opened the envelope feared for his life. He was taken to the hospital and the area was evacuated.

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