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Kentucky man pleads guilty to threatening President Obama in poem

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to
authoring and posting on a white supremacist Web site a poem
threatening the assassination of President Barack Obama with a
sniper rifle.
Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. of Louisville entered an open plea -
admitting guilt without a deal with prosecutors - Tuesday in U.S.
District Court in Louisville.
The 28-year-old Spencer's sentencing is set for Nov. 2. The
charge carries a maximum of five years in federal prison, a
$250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Stephan M. Pazenzia said in an
affidavit that Spencer wrote and posted the poem, titled "The
Sniper," on a page called NewSaxon.org.
The poem describes a gunman shooting and killing a "tyrant"
later identified as the president, setting off panic in the wake of
the fatal shot being fired.

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