The US Attorney's Office reports 56-year-old Philip G. Hanson was convicted on Thursday of 26 counts of mailing threatening communications and 30 counts of mailing white powder causing the evacuations of several buildings including an elementary school, banks, a post office and a business.
Attorney Conner Eldridge says, "This case shows that when people engage in actions that terrorize individuals and communities, we will aggressively investigate and prosecute them. The white powder and threatening letters victimized numerous individuals including approximately 300 children who were evacuated at Siloam Springs Northside Elementary School. Thanks to the excellent work of law enforcement, this defendant has now been convicted."
Hanson was indicted by a grand jury in March for sending the letters between October and November of 2011.
With each conviction, Hanson faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.