Inmate pleads guilty to making threats to Wal-Mart

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 9:25 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

KANSAS CITY — A Missouri inmate has pleaded guilty to making threats to lace food products with cyanide at a Kansas City Wal-Mart.

Hugh L. Riley Jr., an inmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, pleaded guilty in a federal court on Wednesday to mailing a threatening letter.

The letter to Wal-Mart asked for $200,000 to stop the contamination of food products.

According to the plea agreement, a fingerprint on the letter led investigators to the 34-year-old Riley, who was in administrative segregation when it was written. He is in prison for assault and armed-criminal action.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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