Akron man made ricin in elaborate homicide-suicide plan involving arson

CLEVELAND - An Akron man has been convicted of possessing ricin for use as a weapon, the Department of Justice said.

Jeff Boyd Levenderis, 58, of Akron, made the ricin and stored it in his freezer with the intent to use it to kill his stepfather, U.S. District Attorney Steven Dettelback said.

Dettelback said that Levenderis planned to use the ricin against his stepfather, set fire to his home and use it against any firefighters who responded. Prosecutors said that Levenderis had hundreds of lethal doses of ricin.


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