Rockville man who had plans to kill Obama gets 5 years
Collin McKenzie-Gude, 20, who pleaded guilty last year to possessing bombmaking chemicals kept in his bedroom closet, was sentenced to 61 months in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greebelt.
That sentence does not include an additional 17 months already served in Montgomery County prison, for which Judge Peter J. Messitte credited McKenzie-Gude.
In sentencing McKenzie-Gude, who lives in Rockville, Messitte said he took seriously the prosecution's assertion that McKenzie-Gude had and taken steps to try to assassinate then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. The defense had attempted to characterize his plans as role-playing.
McKenzie-Gude spoke for about two minutes on Tuesday, crying during much of that time. "I cannot tell you how sorry i am," he said. "I wish only the chance to rebuid my life in a positive manner."
McKenzie-Gude still faces sentencing in state Circuit Court for a 2008 attempted carjacking, to which he has also pleaded guilty.
-- Dan Morse
Washington Post Editors
January 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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