Sentence Set for Obama Threat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been sentenced
to one year and one day in prison for threatening to shoot and kill
Barack Obama when he was the Democratic candidate for president.

The U.S. Attorney's office announced Monday that 48-year-old
Jerry Michael Blanchard of Indian Trial also was fined $3,000 and
ordered to be under supervised release for three years following
his prison term.

Blanchard was arrested Aug. 1, 2008. The U.S. Attorney's office
says Blanchard threatened to assassinate Obama two separate times
that July. One witness told federal authorities that Blanchard said
he planned to purchase a pistol.

According to a federal affidavit, there was no proof Blanchard
tried to carry out the threats.


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