NC Man's Sentences for Threatening Obama Suspended

Man called 911 twice to say he was going to assassinate the president

Thursday, Sep 3, 2009  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Steve Lee Stone's emergency threats got him 18 months probation.

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STONEVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to saying he was going to assassinate President Barack Obama.

Steve Lee Stone pleaded to charges Wednesday of communicating threats, resisting a public officer and misusing the 911 system, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. He was sentenced to two 45-day jail terms, which were suspended, and 18 months probation.

The 44-year-old man called a 911 dispatcher twice from his trailer about five miles south of the Virginia border in late July and said he was going to assassinate the president, authorities said. He did not identify himself.

Sheriff's deputies and a Secret Service agent investigated the caller's identity. Stone was interviewed by deputies at his trailer in Stoneville.

Stone became combative during the interview, deputies said, and they were forced to use a stun gun and arrest him.

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