- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A young Bethesda man accused of plotting to kill President Obama has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

Twenty-year-old Collin McKenzie-Gude pleaded guilty in September to possessing bomb-making chemicals. A former friend testified that McKenzie-Gude disliked Mr. Obama’s gun-control views and planned to assassinate the then-presidential candidate.

As U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte handed down the sentence Tuesday, he said he hopes the case sends a message that what McKenzie-Gude was doing — collecting weapons and chemicals and coming up with assault plans — was not play-acting and could have had serious consequences.

McKenzie-Gude cried as he told the judge that he regretted his actions. He said, “I cannot tell you how sorry I am.”

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