Milzman pleads guilty to possession of ricin

Daniel Milzman (COL ’16) pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly poison without registering it with the government in a plea hearing Monday. Milzman’s plea is part of a deal with prosecutors which may result in a one to two-year sentence.

Milzman was charged with possession of ricin last spring after investigators found the deadly poison in his McCarthy dorm room, resulting in an evacuation of the rooms in that hallway. Milzman has been held in a D.C. jail since his arrest.

While this charge can carry a penalty up to a $250,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence, prosecutors and Milzman’s defense reached a plea deal that, if approved by the court, will result in a sentence of one to two years and include the time he’s already spent in jail.

According to the Post, if Milzman is sentenced to serve time at the lower end of the range and gets time off for good behavior, he may be released as early as November or December.

The ricin was reported to the police by Milzman’s friend Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) after the two met and Milzman showed Lloyd a plastic bag containing the powder. According to court documents, when Lloyd asked Milzman if he intended to use the ricin on another student, Milzman just shrugged.

In court, however, Milzman and his attorneys have stated that Milzman planned to use the ricin on himself and not anyone else.

“Daniel Milzman put himself and others in danger by cooking up a deadly poison,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. said, according to the Post. “He is very lucky that none of his fellow students were hurt.”

Milzman’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 10.

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