U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez, who sent Barnett back to the Oregon State Penitentiary with the extra time, feels Barnett ”…has significant personality issues that remain unresolved.” Assistant U.S. Attorney John N. Parmley, a prosecutor called in from San Diego after the previous prosecutor fell victim to Barnett’s mischief, said of Barnett “The longer he stays in a controlled environment, the safer society will be.”
So what kind of douche-devilry draws such dire damnation? What manner of malevolence manifests such maligning? Threatening letters, anthrax hoaxes and poop… not necessarily in that order. Oh, and there’s even a torrid love affair with a not-really-hot-white-supremacist-spree-killer in there for you women folk.
Barnett’s streak starts back in 2008. Barnett, already in jail, mailed threatening letters to Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon and three of his deputies. In August 2011, Barnett was moved to Portland’s Justice Center Jail, where he allegedly hurled a mixture of urine and feces at the face of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Brett S. Russell. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer, Russell actually and unfortunately ingested some of the delightful cocktail, which may or may not have earned him the nickname “Poopy Brett.”
In February of 2012, Barnett mailed a letter laden with racial slurs addressed to both Peifer and Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty, who is African-American. Two short months later, Barnett mailed another letter to Peifer’s office, this one accompanied by a white powder. “Have you ever stopped and asked yourself: what it would feel like to slowly die from an infectious disease?” the note began.
It went on to describe the various symptoms associated with ‘bacillus anthracis’ which, for you non-biologists, is Latin for “Pretty Much Anthrax.” The letter rambled a bit towards the end, where Barnett added “I only want (three) things in life. 1. I want you gone!!!! 2. To see Pink Floyd live!!! 3. I want to lea(r)n VOODOO.” I have to wonder about just how boring this guy is. If I had to narrow my bucket list down to three things, at least two of them would involve hookers and a blowtorch, while approximately none would involve Pink Floyd.
Lauren Cargill, the receptionist at Peifer’s office who opened the letter, breathed in the powder and was forced to remain inside while the rest of the building was evacuated. “I no longer feel safe,” she said, testifying that she is suffering from PTSD and is even reluctant to open her own mail at home. The FBI found the contents of the letter, as well as a whopping five others sent by Barnett, to be harmless and traced them back to Barnett by way of fingerprints and DNA.
When it came to his defense, Barnett, representing himself, apologized to Lauren Cargill and stated “I am not a menace to society.” Clearly, the judge didn’t agree. This leaves only one question… what band is on your bucket list?Tags: Andrew barnett, anthrax, feces, Oregon, Threats