Sentencing in Assassination Plot Case Postponed

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 PM EDT
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MD. Man To Be Sentenced In Presidential Assassination Plot

Colin McKenzie-Gude, 18, was arrested after police found bombmaking material and weapons in his home.

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MD. Man To Be Sentenced In Presidential Assassination Plot

New details in the case of Collin McKenzie Gude, arrested for stockpiling an arsenal in an alleged plot to kill the president.
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The sentencing of a former Bethesda, Md., honors student for possessing bomb-making chemicals has been postponed a week.

Collin McKenzie-Gude, 20, pleaded guilty in September. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte rescheduled the sentencing for Jan. 14 and 15 after he ruled a key government witness, McKenzie-Gude's former friend, Patrick
Yevsukov, must be required to testify, as the defense wants.

The judge said Yevsukov has already been granted immunity for his statements.

Authorities found assault weapons, armor-piercing bullets and more than 50 pounds of chemicals in McKenzie-Gude's bedroom in July 2008. They also said he had a fake CIA badge and a map of Camp David with markings for the presidential motorcade route.

McKenzie-Gude's attorney has said his client was fascinated with explosives but never intended to hurt anyone.

The government said he assembled the arsenal to stop a presidential motorcade to Camp David and take a shot at President Barack Obama with a long-range rifle.

Yevsukov's lawyer said his client distanced himself from McKenzie-Gude when he became uncomfortable with the plan. McKenzie-Gude's lawyer questioned Yevsukov's credibility, denying the plot or even the existence of the map to Camp David.

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