Brookshire Woman Admits Mailing Bombs to President Obama and Governor Abbott

Julia Ann Poff

HOUSTON – Julia Ann Poff of Brookshire is headed to prison for 10 years after pleading guilty to transportation of explosives with the intent to kill, injure and intimidate a person. Poff, 48 pleaded guilty July 1, 2019 and was sentenced today in Federal Court according to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and FBI Special Agent in charge Perrye Turner.

Along with the 120 month sentence, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore also sentence Poff to three years probation when she's released from Prison. Poff was also ordered to pay $9,700 in restitution.

Poff admitted to mailing a package in Oct. 2016, that contained a homemade bomb that was addressed to the former president of the United States. As part of her plea, she also acknowledged mailing two similar packages addressed to the Texas governor and then Acting Social Security Administrator.

Each of those packages contained a victim-activated, booby trapped, improvised explosive device containing explosives materials.

The investigation revealed that on Oct. 6, 2016, authorities intercepted a U.S. Postal Service small, flat rate box at a White House mail handling facility at Bolling Air Force Base in the District of Columbia. They opened the package, and it appeared to contain a bomb. 

An FBI explosives expert conducted an examination and determined it to be a homemade bomb. 

Further examination linked the box and its contents to Julia Poff or her husband. The outer box contained a taped address label, under which they found a feline hair. Testing revealed this hair was microscopically consistent with the hairs taken from a cat the Poff family owned.

Also, a box contained within the USPS box contained a micro-USB cable box, cellular phone, hobby fuse, matches, paper wadding, plastic sacks, sandpaper and two 20-ounce coke bottle caps as well as pyrotechnics and smokeless powder.

Poff’s daughter identified the phone as her old cell phone which was last seen in their home’s garage in August or September 2016. Authorities also learned Poff used her bank debit card to purchase a micro-USB box with the same bar code as the one found in the USPS package.

At the time of her plea, Poff admitted she was solely responsible for sending the bomb-filled packages.

She has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ralph Imperato, Rob Jones and Alamdar Hamdani prosecuted the case.

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