Inmate charged with mailing white powder, threat to DA’s office in Sevierville

Mark Rhodes (source: TBI)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – An inmate accused of mailing a threat and a white powder to the office of District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn has been indicted on several charges.

Mark Rhodes, 43, is charged with one count of distribution or delivery of a substance as a hoax, one count of retaliation for past action and three counts of false report after being indicted by a grand jury.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says an employee at Dunn’s Sevierville office opened a letter from Rhodes on February 18 that contained a suspicious powder and threats targeting an assistant district attorney general who had prosecuted a case against Rhodes.

During the investigation, TBI agents verified Rhodes had sent the letter from prison. He is currently in custody in the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.

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