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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a man who acknowledged threatening the life of President Barack Obama in a poem to 33 months in prison on Monday.
Johnny Logan Spencer apologized for writing the poem, which depicts a fatal sniper shooting of the president. Spencer, 28, said in federal court in Louisville Monday that he was upset over the death of his mother and had fallen in with a white supremacist group that had helped him kick a drug habit.
U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. called Spencer's action "an extremely dangerous thing." Spencer will be on supervised release for three years after he completes the sentence.
The poem, titled "The Sniper," was posted on a website called NewSaxon.org first in 2007 and again in 2009 after Obama took office.