Man Who Sent Hoax Powder Mailings Gets More Prison in Palm Beach County

The sentence was imposed by a federal judge Friday on 28-year-old Justin Burton Lane

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    A South Florida man once sentenced to die for a 1994 triple murder was acquitted Friday following a new trial that was ordered by the state Supreme Court. (Published Saturday, Dec 22, 2012)

    A Florida prison inmate has been sentenced to more than six additional years behind bars for sending a threatening hoax letter to prosecutors.

    The sentence was imposed by a federal judge Friday on 28-year-old Justin Burton Lane. The federal sentence won't begin until Lane finishes the eight years he has remaining on burglary, robbery and theft convictions.

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    Federal prosecutors say Lane mailed the threat letter in January from state prison in Raiford to the offices of the Palm Beach County state attorney. The letter named then-State Attorney Michael McAuliffe and an assistant prosecutor and contained a white powder.

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    Hazardous materials teams later determined the powder was not harmful.

    Lane previously pleaded guilty to two charges of mailing threats and hoaxes. He has a lengthy criminal record.

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