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Man who threatened Obama sentenced to probation

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 13:44 IST
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A man who pleaded guilty to threatening President Barack Obama and the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis was sentenced on Saturday to four years of probation and home detention.

US District Judge Christine Arguello sentenced 21-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez to serve the first 10 months of his probation under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay nearly A man who pleaded guilty to threatening President Barack Obama and the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis was sentenced on Saturday to four years of probation and home detention.

US District Judge Christine Arguello sentenced 21-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez to serve the first 10 months of his probation under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay nearly $1,500 to Mall of America security.

Gutierrez pleaded guilty May 4 to a charge of making threats by e-mail and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond. He could have been sentenced up to 18 months in prison.

In January, he sent two e-mails from his brother's home to the FBI's Washington office, threatening Obama eight days before the presidential inauguration and saying that he had planted explosives outside the mall.

Authorities said one of the e-mails threatened, "I'm going to assassinate the new president of the United States of America. PS, you have 48 hours to stop it from happening."

The indictment issued earlier this year against Gutierrez said a second e-mail threatened to blow up the mall with 18 kilograms of C4 explosive and TNT planted on seven cars parked outside.

"Good luck thank you and God bless the you know the rest time is wasting," the e-mail read, according to the indictment.1,500 to Mall of America security.

Gutierrez pleaded guilty May 4 to a charge of making threats by e-mail and was released on USD 25,000 unsecured bond. He could have been sentenced up to 18 months in prison.

In January, he sent two e-mails from his brother's home to the FBI's Washington office, threatening Obama eight days before the presidential inauguration and saying that he had planted explosives outside the mall.

Authorities said one of the e-mails threatened, "I'm going to assassinate the new president of the United States of America. PS, you have 48 hours to stop it from happening."

The indictment issued earlier this year against Gutierrez said a second e-mail threatened to blow up the mall with 18 kilograms of C4 explosive and TNT planted on seven cars parked outside.

"Good luck thank you and God bless the you know the rest time is wasting," the e-mail read, according to the indictment.

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