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Mentally Ill Oregon Prisoner Pleads Guilty to Death Threats against President

A mentally ill Oregon prisoner pleaded guilty to threatening President Barack Obama.

In August 2007, David Earl Anderson, a white separatist, was sentenced to prison for identity theft, supplying contraband and using a minor in a drug offense, according to court records. His earliest release date was in November 2012.

Initially, Anderson was confined at the Oregon State Hospital, (OSH), for what his attorney described in court documents as "significant mental health issues." He had previously served five years at OSH for a different offense.

In August 2009, Anderson escaped from OSH with his girlfriend's assistance only to be arrested the next day in Utah.

"How I escaped was I had a pair of bolt cutters sent into me concealed in a DVD player that was gutted out and put back in the packing like it was brand new," Anderson wrote in a letter to a local reporter. He complained that he had received "little to no help" for his mental illness.

After the escape, Anderson was transferred to the Oregon State Penitentiary, (OSP). Soon thereafter, authorities discovered that Anderson had written several letters to a Utah family in which he made threats to kill President Barack Obama. He wrote similar letters to the Oregon State Police and the United States Attorney's Office.

"I feel it is my right to feel the way I do, and if I want to kill the president like I plan on doing, that is also my right," Anderson wrote to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On October 12, 2010, Anderson pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the president in an October 26, 2009 letter.

"I am 100 percent down with my own white race," Anderson wrote. The letter then spelled out a group plot to kill the president.

"If they do not do the job by the time I get out, then I will find a way to do it because all this is doing is making the white race look weak by taking orders from a (racial epithet), and our race needs to stay strong," he wrote.

When United States Secret Service agents interviewed Anderson at OSP, he shared his white-separatist beliefs and admitted to writing the letters, according to federal prosecutor Stephen Peifer.

Of course, a Secret Service investigation found no evidence to support Anderson's supposed group plot to kill the president. Even so, the prosecution is asking for a four-year prison term. Anderson's attorney noted that he has been placed on psychotropic medications, and she will seek a one-year concurrent sentence.

Source: The Oregonian; Statesman Journal.

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