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Kelly Michael Burns Biography
Kelly Michael Burns, 71, pleaded guilty Monday to eight cases of sending threatening communications, according to the Oregon District Attorney’s Office.
In December 2019, Burns sent four Medford-printed Christmas cards to former employees containing a white powder pesticide that was later identified as carbaryl, a pesticide known to be toxic to humans, according to court documents. The documents were addressed to the victims’ workplaces and contained violent threats.
Three people, including a pregnant woman at Burns’ former workplace, were exposed to carbaryl, had to go through a decontamination process and received large doses of antibiotics, authorities said.
The company was evacuated and closed for decontamination.
In February 2020, Burns again sent postcards containing Carbaryl to the same four victims. This second wave of documents also contained violent statements accompanied by new threats to the families of the victims.
Handwriting analysts at the FBI compared the handwriting on the cards to the handwriting on a job application and tax documents.
In March 2020, while ransacking his residence, FBI agents found handwritten notes, including one in which Burns threatened to kill a former employee. Agents also restored several books, including “The Poisoner’s Handbook.”
Sentencing is scheduled for May.