- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Columbus man suffering from a long-term mental illness was sentenced to serve four years in prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama in 2013.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1JXwQYV ) a federal court judge recommended placing 41-year-old Michael Clark Jr. in a federal prison with a mental-health program at sentencing Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Clark mailed a letter to President Obama on Feb. 4, 2013 outlining his plans to take a rifle on a bus to Washington to assassinate the president.

Officials say Clark identified himself as a white supremacist and included racial slurs in the letter.

Secret Service agents found Clark at a mental-health treatment center in Columbus’ Hilltop neighborhood. He had sent the letter from Franklin County jail.

Officials say Clark also threatened President Bill Clinton in 1998.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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