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I was reading a short article last week about a 42 year old man named Jay DeVaughn, from Aurora, CO, who was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to sending threating letters with bags of white substances in them to government officials, including President Barack Obama. The article, which was published in the Denver Post on 1/28/2011, was very brief and only stated the basic facts of the case.

When trying to find the original press release for this case update, it took me to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website for Denver, CO.  It was a Department of Justice Press Release and came from the United States Attorney Office, District of Colorado.   The press release included much more detail then the article printed in the Denver Post. It covered all information dating back to the first criminal charge on February 26, 2010, the first indictment on March 9, 2010 and then other case details that proceeded up to the sentencing on January 28, 2011.

Another difference between the original press release and the article printed in the Denver Post was the fact that the Denver Post did not have any quotes from officials in it; The original press release released by the Department of Justice was filled with quotes from District Attorneys, FBI Agents and also United States Postal Workers.

You can look at the Department of Justice Press Release HERE

The Denver Post article can be seen HERE


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