Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Missouri inmate threatens to kill Barack Obama, gets to spend 30 more months in prison

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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We all need a little attention sometimes. But seeking attention by threatening to kill the President of the United States -- especially when you're already in prison -- just isn't constructive.

We're looking at you, Josh R. McCallum.

McCallum, 33, is serving a 12-year prison sentence at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Missouri, for two counts of first-degree burglary. In August 2009, he mailed a letter threatening to kill President Barack Obama.



According to an article on STLtoday.com, McCallum wrote, "The

president needs to be shot for fucking our country around like he

has. If I was out there I would do it myself or at least try to.

Anyone who has fucked our country over like this needs to

die. ... When I get out all those I've mentioned will be dealt with.

Let them know I will be coming."

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The STLtoday.com article doesn't clarify to whom McCallum addressed the letter, but mail to and from inmates in Department of Corrections facilities is usually screened by prison employees.

According to federal guidelines, threatening the President's life is good for 30 to 37 months in prison. McCallum's defense attorney, Felicia Jones, told the judge at

sentencing, "Clearly his actions in this case were misguided based on

his

desire to shed light on his conviction."

But U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey wasn't buying Jones' explanation; he sentenced McCallum to 30 additional months in prison, which he will serve after his current sentence expires in 2018.

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