Man pleads not guilty in bank letters case

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A New Mexico man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he mailed threatening letters containing suspicious powder to dozens of banks and federal offices across the country.

Richard Leon Goyette, 47, of Albuquerque, entered his plea Thursday at his arraignment in Amarillo on one count of threats and false information and 64 counts of threats and hoaxes. He's accused of mailing letters from Amarillo to 52 offices and banks in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

No one was injured and the powder was found to be was calcium carbonate, a major component of blackboard chalk.

If convicted on all counts, Goyette could face as many as 330 years in prison and a fine of more than $16 million.

No trial date's been set.