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John Turnpaugh, Man Who Sent Obama Death Threats, Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

05/11/10 10:24 PM ET   AP

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NEW ORLEANS — A 47-year-old New Orleans man has been sentenced for making death threats against President Obama.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey on Tuesday sentenced John Turnpaugh to three years in prison for that charge and another five years for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it and possession of four firearms to aid his drug trafficking.

According to court records, Turnpaugh admitted calling a New Orleans Police Department 911 operator on Dec. 30 and saying he was going to kill the President and his wife. A subsequent investigation by the police and U.S. Secret Service determined that the caller was Turnpaugh.

He pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 2.

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