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Doctor Is Sentenced Over Bioterror Scare

The former professor at Texas Tech had reported that 30 vials of plague bacteria were missing. A former Texas Tech University professor who started a bioterrorism scare when he reported plague bacteria missing last year was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Dr. Thomas C. Butler, 62, was also fined $15,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $38,000. He had agreed to retire from the school and surrender his medical license. Butler showed no reaction when the sentence was read. He remains free on bond but must report to federal authorities April 14. He had faced up to 240 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines for convictions stemming from an investigation after he reported in January 2003 that 30 vials of the bacteria were missing from his lab. Full Story

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