Cicero man facing federal charges for mailing letters that threatened death by ricin, anthrax and AIDS

A Cicero man is facing federal charges after an investigation into letters containing white powder being mailed to several Central New York locations and officials, and beyond.

The FBI announced the arrest of 59-year-old Brian Daniel Norton on federal felony charges of mailing threatening communications and transmitting false information and hoaxes, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian.

The charges stem from an investigation into 21 letters containing white powder, which was allegedly anthrax or ricin, to various addresses in Syracuse and elsewhere, starting in 1997 and continuing into 2012. Those receiving letters included LeMoyne College and Bishop Ludden High School, along with U.S. Senator John McCain and other federal officials. The criminal complaint document says the letters threatened â??death to the addressee/victim/recipient.â?? The first letter mailed in 1997 threatened death by the AIDS virus, which the letter was supposedly infected with.

The white powder contained in the letters was harmless, and the letter that threatened death by AIDS was clean, according to the details report.

If convicted, Norton could face up to ten years in prison. He is due back in court on June 16.