A woman from Texas who mailed bombs to former President Barrack Obama and other elected officials has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, November 18, 2019.
In addition to the 10-year sentence, which will be immediately followed by three years of supervised release, Poff was also ordered to pay $9,700 in restitution, according to the release.
According to Newsweek reports, It was a cat hair found under the address label on the box Julia Ann Poff mailed to the White House that helped to solve the case when it was traced back to her.
National Sportslink gathered that Julia Poff, who pleaded guilty in July to transporting explosives with intent to kill, was sentenced to 120 months behind bars by District Judge Vanessa Gilmore for the caper, according to the FBI.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI announced Monday (Nov. 18) that the 48-year-old Brookshire resident has been ordered to prison after admitting to transportation of explosives with the intent to kill, injure and intimidate a person. Poff pleaded guilty on July 1, 2019.
Poff, who reportedly worked for a number of years at a firework stand, assembled the explosives and sent them to Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin in October 2016.
The bomb sent to Abbott didn’t detonate because the governor didn’t open it “as designed,” according to court papers. Security screeners intercepted the packages sent to Obama and Colvin.
Federal investigators were able to track the devices back to Poff after they found shipping labels, a salad dressing cap used in one of the bombs and cat hair that was traced to one of her cats.
Investigators tested a cat hair found under the taped address label on the outside of the box, which “was microscopically consistent with the hairs taken from a cat the Poff family cared for and owned,” the press release states.
The box, containing a micro-USB cable box, cellular phone, hobby fuse, matches, paper wadding, plastic sacks, sandpaper, and two 20-ounce coke bottle caps, pyrotechnics and smokeless powder, was linked to Poff or her husband, the release describes.
In addition to the cat hair, other links that helped solve the case included Poff’s daughter identifying the phone inside the box as her old cell phone, which was last seen in her parent’s garage in August or September 2016. Additionally, authorities found that the bar code on the micro-USB cable box inside the explosive package matched the one Poff purchased with her bank debit card, according to the press release.
The release states that Poff admitted to being solely responsible for sending the packages.