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Maine man charged with killing one by mailing him cyanide

A Maine man has been charged with killing a suicidal English man by mailing him poisonous potassium cynanide.

A Maine man has been charged with killing a suicidal English man by mailing him poisonous potassium cynanide.

Papers filed with the US District Court in Bangor say Sidney Kilmartin sent the poison to Hull, England, resident Andrew Denton in 2012, resulting in Denton’s death.

A newspaper in Denton’s hometown says British authorities investigated with American agents after learning he had ordered the cyanide over the Internet to commit suicide after struggling with depression.

The court papers say Kilmartin mailed the poison “with the intent to kill or injure.”

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Kilmartin is charged with mailing injurious articles resulting in death, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison upon conviction.

Prosecutors say Kilmartin is in custody awaiting a Wednesday court appearance. Kilmartin can’t be reached for comment while in custody.

First published on: 06-11-2014 at 04:17 IST
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