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New York Woman Sentenced to Over 2 Years in Jail for Mailing Threats

gavelSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A New York woman has been sentenced to over 2 years in prison for sending threatening letters containing white powder to government offices here in Massachusetts.

57-year-old Roberta Cicora was in U.S. District Court in Springfield today before Judge Michael Ponsor who sentenced her to 27 months in jail.   According to United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, she has also been ordered to pay $4,630 in restitution to the state for Hazmat services.

Back in September of last year, Cicora pleaded guilty to mailing four threatening communications with an unknown white powder, to United States Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and the District Court in Greenfield. Cicora also sent a threatening letter to the Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield.

Because of the white powder in the letters the offices had to close down until Hazmat teams could determine that the letters did not pose a lethal threat to the safety of workers.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, and by Massachusetts and New York State Police.