Logan man charged for mailing ricin to White House, trial set for Dec.

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The Logan man accused of mailing the seeds used to make ricin to the Pentagon and White House is headed to trial.

A federal grand jury returned a seven count-indictment Thursday against William Clyde Allen, III, 39 in connection to the case.

The indictment alleges he knowingly threatened to use a biological agent and toxin, specifically ricin, as a weapon and mailed that threat against the President and other employees of the United States in the 

Allen pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His four-day trial was scheduled for Dec. 26th.

The potential maximum penalty for threatening to use a biological toxin as a weapon is life in prison.

Mailing a threat against the President has a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison and mailing a threatening communication to an officer or an employee of the United States has a potential 10-year sentence.

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