Iowa man gets 35 years for “Breaking Bad” ricin murder plot


OSAGE, Iowa (KWQC) – A man who tried to commit murder using ricin was sentenced Monday to up to 35 years in prison.

Mark Retterath, 52, of Osage, Iowa, was convicted in August 2016 of attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, and sexual abuse.

Prosecutors say Retterath molested a teenage boy and plotted to kill him with ricin after being inspired by the TV show “Breaking Bad.”

Retterath is said to have purchased castor beans with the intent of extracting ricin from them to poison his victim after the victim had reported Retterath’s abuse.

Prosecutors say Retterath was inspired by an episode of “Breaking Bad” in which the main character used ricin derived from castor beans to kill another character.

Court records showed Retterath went online to order the beans and search for information on how to extract ricin from them.

He is sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder and 10 years for solicitation, to be served concurrently.

A 10-year sentence for sexual abuse is to be served consecutively, and Retterath must also be on the sex offender registry for life.

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