Student held in jail after ricin incident at Georgetown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Nineteen-year-old Daniel Milzman of Bethesda, a Georgetown University student will remain in jail for now, accused of making the deadly chemical ricin in his dorm room.

Federal prosecutors asked that he be kept in jail because he's a danger to the public telling a judge that Milzman's motive for making the deadly toxin is still not clear.

The court was crowded with Milzman's family and friends as his attorney told the judge that the only person in danger is Milzman himself. His attorney says his manufacture of ricin and then his confession to his resident adviser was an attempt by a suicidal youngster to reach out for help.

Ricin is a deadly biological toxin and prosecutors say Milzman used ingredients he bought at local stores to make the chemical.

The ricin discovery forced the evacuation of McCarthy Hall on the Georgetown campus last Tuesday. Milzman had shown the bag with the chemical to his resident advisor at his dorm.

In Federal court, prosecutors said there was enough of it to kill someone and the Milzman had threatened at least one other student in the past.

But Judge John Facciola ordered that Milzman be evaluated by a psychiatrist and then released to his parents to get immediate psychiatric help while under constant supervision.

Federal Prosecutors immediately said they would appeal and Milzman remains in jail in solitary confinement and under a suicide watch.


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