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A Columbus Man Sentenced To 3 Years For Threatening Letter

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Michael Coghlan
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A Columbus man delinquent on paying his student loans has been sentenced to three years in prison for mailing a hoax white powder threatening letter to Texas.

Michael Murray was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas.

In April, Murray was convicted of making threats and hoaxes over his 2008 letter to a federal student loan processing center in Greenville.

Murray had received a letter demanding repayment, tore off the part with his name and address, wrote obscenities and put it in a self-addressed return envelope. Prosecutors say Murray wrote "Osama Bin Laden" as the sender, added white powder and mailed it.

DNA evidence on the envelope matched Murray, who was indicted in 2011 and arrested last year in Los Angeles.