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Man charged in assassination plot pleads guilty

8:49 PM, Aug 7, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Obama.

In federal court Wednesday, 20-year-old Mitchell Kusick told the judge when he made the threats last year he was "trying to seek infamy."

Kusick of Westminster has been held since last year on a federal charge of threats against a president. He will be released on time served and spend the next three years on probation.

According to court records, Kusick told his therapist about wanting to shoot students at a trick-or-treat event at a nearby high school. He also talked about killing President Barack Obama.

Kusick's attorney says he was experiencing a manic episode at the time due to undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

Arguing in support of a lighter sentence, prosecutors conceded that they could not have brought this case against Kusick in some other federal court circuits because the case was based solely on a statement made to his doctor.

The rules of the Tenth U.S. Circuit, which Colorado is in, do allow prosecutors to bring such cases.

Kusick took a shotgun from his aunt's house, tried to buy ammunition, then told his therapist about his plan. The therapist called police.

Kusick was also ordered to continue with mental health treatment and must stay drug and alcohol free.

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