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Kremmling Man Pleads Guilty In Mail Threat

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Matthew O'Neill (credit: Grand County Sheriff)

Matthew O’Neill (credit: Grand County Sheriff)

DENVER (AP) — A man who authorities say claimed he was a sovereign citizen and not subject to state taxes has pleaded guilty to a federal charge stemming from a package with white powder mailed to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that 52-year-old Matthew O’Neill pleaded guilty to one count of providing false information related to a terrorism offense

In pleading guilty, O’Neill admitted that he mailed the package that prompted the evacuation of the state building May 25. Investigators determined the powder that spilled onto two desks at the building was baking soda.

An employee whom the package was addressed to said she had previously spoken to O’Neill, who told her he didn’t have to pay taxes.

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