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Georgetown student Daniel Milzman sentenced for ricin in dorm

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgetown University student who had ricin in his dorm room was sentenced Monday morning in federal court.

Daniel Harry Milzman, 20, of Bethesda, Md., was sentenced to one year and one day with three years of supervision after his release. He will receive credit for time served.

Judge Ketanji Jackson ordered that Milzman complete 400 hours of community service during the three years of supervision, to be focused on tutoring underprivileged students in math and physics, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. She also required him to participate in a mental health program.

Prosecutors argued that Milzman had ricin in his room with the intent to harm others. But Milzman's defense attorney said his client is a smart and suicidal kid who didn't want to embarrass his family by hanging himself. The defense called incarceration cruel and unusual punishment for a suicidal person.

After sentencing, Milzman's parents embraced one another but said nothing as they exited D.C.'s Federal Courthouse.

"I'm as happy as can be," said Joseph Milzman, Daniel Milzman's grandfather. "He has, in the past, had some problems with depression but I think that with treatment, which he has been getting, Danny will be a fine human being. Well he is a fine human being."

"He made a mistake and I think he really is, showed the court that he was, felt really badly for everybody," said Annick Nemirovsky, who told WUSA9 that her son attended school with Milzman. Nemirovsky described Milzman as a "good boy" and told reporters that Milzman went with his parents to Haiti to help out after the earthquake there.

However, not everyone supported Monday's sentence. "So everybody at Georgetown is not supportive?" was the question asked to a student who claims to also be a Georgetown University student. This young man went by the name "Nick" and answered, "No, definitely not. That's for sure. Don't get that vibe."

The young man said his friends were put at risk by the crime committed and believes Milzman should have received more time behind bars.

The ricin toxin produced by Milzman could have been lethal to an average person weighing 220 pounds, if either inhaled or injected, according to the DOJ.

Milzman was arrested on March 21. Georgetown University is not commenting on the sentencing.