Chad Castagana

Chad Castagana (born 1968) was arrested in November 2006 for sending fake anthrax letters with soap powder to liberal celebrities and public officials. [cite news | url = http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1240171820061114 | title = California man arrested for mail threats to celebrities | date = November 13, 2006 | work = Reuters]

Recipients included Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show", talk show host David Letterman, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, both Democrats.

Others claim that he was a prolific poster to the right-wing Free Republic message board under the pseudonym "marc costanzo". [http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x2701099]

An FBI affadavit described Chad Castagana as a 39 year old man who lives with his parents in Woodland Hills in Southern California. [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15721895/]

He was released on a $350,000 bond a few days after his arrest. [cite news | url = http://www.knx1070.com/pages/127261.php?contentType=4&contentId=243196 | title = Threatening Letter Sender Released on Bail | date = November 17, 2006 | work = Associated Press | publisher = KNX 1070 Newsradio]

He was later convicted on 14 felony counts. [http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0115082chad1.html] Chad Castagana was sentenced to five years probation and remandment to the Gateways Community Corrections Center in Los Angeles, CA where he is to receive psychiatric treatment and medication. [http://www.olbermannwatch.com/archives/2008/02/no_jail_time_fo.php] [http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0214082chad1.html]

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