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Judge: "Bishop Bomber" can represent himself

CHICAGO, IL (KWWL) -- A former Dubuque letter carrier accused of mailing dud pipe bombs and threatening letters to investment firms will get to represent himself in court.

A judge is allowing 45 year-old John Tomkins, known as the ''Bishop Bomber,'' to defend himself at his trial.

Tomkins is accused of sending letters between 2005-2007 threatening to kill the recipients and their relatives unless shares in Navarre Corp. and 3COM Corp. increased in value. The letters were signed, "The Bishop."

Tomkins was expected to plead guilty two weeks ago. He's been in federal custody in Chicago since his 2007 arrest at his Dubuque home.

If convicted, Tomkins could receive more than 200 years in prison and more than $2.5 million in fines.

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters 

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