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Jerry Michael Blanchard Sentenced To Prison For Threatening To Shoot, Kill Obama Last Year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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 Trail 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.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. corrects to Indian Trail in 2nd graf.)