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Missouri man gets 30 months for Obama threat

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Josh McCallum of Neosho was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in May.

McCallum was incarcerated at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green in August 2009 when he mailed a threatening letter that read in part, "The president needs to be shot ..."

McCallum has been incarcerated since 1999 and remains at the Bowling Green prison on tampering and burglary charges from southwest Missouri. He will serve the federal sentence after his state charges expire in 2018.

His attorney, Felicia Jones, did not respond to interview requests.

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hhmmm...freedom of speech no longer exists in Missouri ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 11:20 AM

WOW...I didn't know freedom of speech involved being able to write someone a letter and threaten to kill them. I'm obviously not the President but I do know if I do this or say this to someone in their face I could face going to jail duh!!!

-- Posted by bettyboop1971 on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, at 12:05 PM

maybe he'll do it when he gets out..

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Aug 20, 2010, at 12:08 PM

Rick: It has always been against the law to threaten to kill a government official. So you should watch your comments also. Remember the Patriot Act which was passed during the Bush Administration. It really took a lot of our rights as citizens away. We no longer have the right of habeas corpus.

-- Posted by Nettie Can on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 11:13 PM

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