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Casey Cutler (born c. 1980) was arrested on 6 June 2005, in Arizona, after sparking a full terrorism investigation and raid over his attempts to extract ricin from castor oil. Ricin cannot be made from castor oil. The recipe requires castor beans. It can be made using a recipe Cutler had downloaded from the Internet.
In court, he pleaded that he was trying to manufacture the poison to protect himself from being beaten by the drug dealers to whom he owed money. He was convicted, with his sentence adjusted downward from that recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines. Upon release, his sentence called for Cutler to be placed in a mental health institution.
- "Man Arrested For Having Ricin". CBS News. June 6, 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- "Great WMD failures: Casey, the castor oil killer". The Register. October 18, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- "United States of America v. Casey Cutler: Plea Agreement" (PDF). January 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- United States Senate: Republican Policy Committee (October 20, 2006). "Making America Safer" (PDF). p. 38. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
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