SE Tx Woman Sentenced for Mailing Bombs

Barbara Schwarz
November 18, 2019 - 6:49 pm

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DALLAS (KRLD) - 48-year-old Brookshire resident Julie Ann Poff has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for making and mailing bombs to former President Obama, Governor Greg Abbott and the then Acting Social Security Administrator. 

Poff admitted to mailing a package on or about Oct. 2 - 3, 2016, that contained a homemade bomb that was addressed to the former president of the United States.

As part of her plea, she also acknowledged mailing two similar packages addressed to the Texas governor and then Acting Social Security Administrator. 

Former US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Matthew Orwig says the forensics used to catch her was impressive.  "They used good interviews.  They were able to tie in DNA from a household pet and able to trace a phone."

The DNA was a cat hair found under a taped address label from the package sent to the president. 

Testing revealed this hair was from the Poff family cat.

The box itself contained a micro-USB cable box, cellular phone, hobby fuse, matches, paper wadding, plastic sacks, sandpaper and two 20-ounce coke bottle caps as well as pyrotechnics and smokeless powder.

Poff will also have to pay $9,700 in restitution and will be on probation for three years after her release.