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Travis Ball sentenced in anthrax hoaxes

Convicted serial arsonist Travis Ball, suspected of setting multiple arson fires in Lamar and surrounding counties, was convicted of mailing hoax anthax threats from state prison to the State Bar of Georgia, Church of Latter Day Saints and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in April, 2016. He is also the prime suspect in mailing a hoax anthrax threat to The Herald Gazette. Ball was convicted of three arsons in Upson County and was housed in Coffee State Prison when he mailed the hoax letters. He pleaded guilty in federal court March 7 and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years federally-supervised probation on top of his current term. He mailed the letters for which he pleaded guilty using the return address of Upson County sheriff Dan Kilgore. The Herald Gazette has never heard a word from any state or federal law enforcement office regarding the threat to its office at 509 Greenwood St. in July 2013 For much more on this story, see the 7.3.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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