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Va. man who pleaded guilty to Obama threat freed

Wednesday - 8/1/2012, 2:59pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - A homeless man in Roanoke who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Barack Obama is out of jail.

But 41-year-old Steven John Gurczynski must spend three years on probation, submit to drug testing and be subject to searchers. He also must receive mental health treatment and take whatever medications are prescribed.

The Roanoke Times ( http://bit.ly/QlLUnR) says Gurcyznski received credit for time served under plea agreement. He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

A federal indictment charged Gurcyznski with making the threats in December 2010 while living at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. He had been in custody since then.

Public defender Randy Cargil told U.S. District Judge James Turk that Gurcyznski was suffering from schizophrenia and was delusional when he made the statements.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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