US man sentenced to prison for threatening Obama

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for threatening to shoot and kill Barack Obama when he was the Democratic candidate for president. The US Attorney's office announced Monday that 48-year-old Jerry Michael Blanchard also was fined $3,000 and ordered to be under supervised release for three years following his prison term. Blanchard was arrested Aug. 1, 2008. The US Attorney's office says Blanchard threatened to assassinate Obama two separate times that July. One witness told federal authorities that Blanchard said he planned to purchase a pistol. According to a federal affidavit, there was no proof Blanchard tried to carry out the threats.