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story.lead_photo.caption Sen. Tom Cotton (center), R-Ark., is shown with Sen. Sherrod Brown (left), and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (right) at a press conference on Capitol Hill April 4, 2019. - Photo by Frank E. Lockwood

A 77-year-old Pine Bluff man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Little Rock federal courtroom to mailing white powder to the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and suggesting it was a biological weapon.

Henry Goodloe pleaded guilty to a charge of conveying false or misleading information related to biological weapons in exchange for a federal prosecutor's agreement to drop a second charge of mailing threatening communications.

A federal grand jury indicted Goodloe Nov. 7 on both counts, alleging that in August 2018, he mailed a letter containing white powder to Cotton's Washington, D.C. office which contained the statement, "Maybe this will get your attention."

Goodloe's home address was listed as the return address.

A Senate mail facility intercepted the letter and a hazardous waste material response team later determined that the substance was unbleached flour and starch, according to a statement issued by the office of U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland in Little Rock.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker accepted the plea, which Goodloe entered through defense attorney Nicole Lybrand of the federal public defender's office.

Baker will sentence Goodloe at a later date, after a pre-sentence report has been prepared. The crime, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, was investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Williams.

Metro on 08/23/2019

Print Headline: White powder in mail to U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton's office leads to guilty plea from 77-year-old Arkansan


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  • RBear
    August 23, 2019 at 7:10 a.m.

    This is a disgusting act by the individual. You may not agree with someone politically, but an act of terrorism or violence is not the right approach. It’s unfortunate, but this elderly man may end up spending the rest of his life incarcerated. He committed the act and should be prosecuted.

  • adrink
    August 23, 2019 at 8:26 a.m.

    He did get attention alright. Seriously dumb.

  • abb
    August 23, 2019 at 8:50 a.m.

    Another deranged liberal. Bet he was a closet homosexual.

  • hah406
    August 23, 2019 at 9:33 a.m.

    It wasn't a smart move at all, but what evidence do you have, ABB that he was a homosexual? You and Mac like to toss that around without any evidence at all. I mean for all I know, you are a closeted lesbian old maid. At any rate, I think he just sent that to Cotton because he wanted him to bake a cake.

  • mrcharles
    August 23, 2019 at 9:42 a.m.

    Comrades, this man is in a judeo-christian state, so he must be one. See how dangerous they are.

    Perhaps he was just trying to get into prison so he could avoid a nursing home.

    Or perhaps he is a trump supporter based on his envelope having his return address listed. Such thinking clearly shows trump like reasoning on performing an endeavor .

  • GeneralMac
    August 23, 2019 at 10:22 a.m.

    Punish him to the fullest extent regardless which member of a political party it was sent to.

    I have to wonder if this had been sent to a Democrat if " usual suspects" wouldn't blame " Trump's rhetoric " for sending it.

    "usual suspects" have posted harsh comments about Tom Cotton, but I am NOT going to behave like liberals and blame their rhetoric.

    Blame the person who sent it !

  • Seitan
    August 23, 2019 at 11:05 a.m.

    ABB. EVERYONE knows Cotton is in the closet. EVERYONE. As for Goodloe....hilariously dumb. I mean, he included his own return address. LOL.

  • LRCrookAtty
    August 23, 2019 at 4:10 p.m.

    You know this is the best way to get 3 meals a day, all your medical paid for, medicine paid and cable television.