San Francisco man receives 30-month sentence in toxin case

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 7:46 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a San Francisco man accused of possessing deadly toxins and bomb-making material at his apartment to 2 and ½ years in prison.

Ryan Chamberlain, 44, told U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria that he was depressed and suicidal. He pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered possession of a biological agent or toxin and one count of possessing a firearm with the serial number removed.

"Never was there a threat to the community," Chamberlain said before sentencing.

Chamberlain led the FBI on a three-day manhunt in 2014 after investigators said they found ingredients to make a bomb, a .22 caliber handgun without a serial number and the toxin abrin. Prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges against him, including possession of an unregistered destructive device, in exchange for his guilty plea.

Chamberlain came to the FBI's attention as it investigated and monitored an online marketplace where people allegedly bought and sold guns, bombs, drugs, chemicals and counterfeit goods.

Authorities have not said what, if anything, Chamberlain intended to do with the toxins or with the bomb-making materials.

Chhabria also ordered Chamberlain to spend 12 years under supervised release following his prison term.