3-13-15 former uw oshkosh student pleads guilty in ricin case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student has pleaded guilty to possession of ricin.  Kyle Allen Smith, 21, of Oshkosh, admitted growing castor beans and extracting ricin, a toxin, in his plea Thursday, the Department of Justice announced. A count of developing a toxin for use as a weapon was dropped in a plea agreement.  Smith faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. It wasn’t immediately clear if a sentencing date had been set.  Smith was arrested and charged in November after two professors became concerned over what they said were his questions about extracting ricin from castor beans.

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