Man who sent suspicious white powder to Colorado JCC, synagogue pleads guilty

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A Boulder man was arrested for sending letters containing white powder that turned out to be “benign” to two Jewish organizations in the Colorado city pleaded guilty to committing two felonies.

Jeffery Thomas Klinkel, 34, pleaded guilty late last month to one count of felony menacing and one count of using a hoax chemical or biological weapon, the Daily Camera reported Monday.

He will be sentenced on June 1 and faces up to five years in prison.

On April 6, 2015, the Boulder JCC received a letter that read, “This Goyim is enjoying the blood of her enemies for Passover” and contained a suspicious white powder later determined to be cornstarch.

Soon after, on the same day, Congregation Har HaShem received a similar letter with the white powder. Klinkel’s fingerprints were found on both letters.

At the time, employees who came in contact with the letters were put under quarantine.

Klinkel has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for assault, harassment, burglary, trespassing and fraud.

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