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Man sentenced on gun charge in NY threats case

July 11, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York man charged earlier this year with threatening former President George W. Bush has been sentenced to time served and six months home confinement on a gun charge.

Benjamin Smith was sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court.

The 45-year-old Pittsford man was originally charged with threatening Bush after authorities said he was taken into custody and spontaneously screamed: "Bush will get his!"

He pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon. Federal Judge Sidney H. Stein said he ordered home confinement in part to ensure Smith continues to get mental health treatment.

Smith was not immediately freed because he faces a charge of violating his probation after a previous conviction.

Before he was sentenced, Smith said he wanted to apologize to the court and anyone he might have offended.



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