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The Breaking Bad–inspired Georgetown student who pled guilty in September for having homemade ricin in his dorm room was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison today, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. He will receive credit for the more than seven months he has already served.
Nineteen-year-old Daniel Milzman was arrested last March after officials found the ricin in his Georgetown dorm. No one was hurt in the incident, and prosecutors argued that Milzman was depressed and had no intention to use the lethal toxins on anyone other than himself.
Upon his release, he will be placed on three years of supervised release. The judge ordered him to complete 400 hours of community service during that time with a focus on tutoring underprivileged students in math and physics. He must also participate in a mental-health program.
The night before officials discovered the ricin, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Milzman requested a confidential meeting with a friend who was a resident advisor. During the meeting, Milzman took out a double wrapped plastic bag containing the substance and said he made the substance over a period of four days while he was on a school break. Milzman shrugged when asked whether he planned to use the toxin on another student.
Early the next morning, law enforcement talked to Milzman, and he told them where the ricin was located in his room. He said he intended to use it on himself. The ricin that Milzman had was reportedly enough to kill a person weighing 22o pounds.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Milzman watched Breaking Bad, in which ricin was featured prominently.
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