Man Behind Obama Assassination Plot Sentenced To Death

The South Dakota trial of a 44-year-old man who claimed to have killed a woman as part of a larger plot to assassinate Barack Obama ended this week with the imposition of his sentence.

After pleading guilty to the charge he fatally stabbed a 75-year-old woman in 2011, James McVay presented the argument that he is mentally ill. Nevertheless, a jury unanimously voted this week to sentence him to death for the crime.

Circuit Judge Peter Lieberman upheld the decision during formal sentencing.

“I don’t have a lot to say here,” the judge said following the trial. “This is a situation where a jury’s verdict has a lot more weight than what I could say.”

During the trial, McVay’s account of the crime included his assertion that he murdered Maybelle Schein to steal her car and drive to Washington, D.C. to kill Obama. Authorities reportedly caught up with him in Madison, Wis. and took him into custody.

McVay’s lawyer, Traci Smith, urged Lieberman to withdraw the sentence in a last-minute appeal. The public defender argued that comments made during the prosecution’s closing arguments “inflamed the passions” of jury members. Lieberman, however, decided against the motion, asserting the decision was made after careful consideration of the facts presented during trial.

Nevertheless, the sentence is now set to go before the state Supreme Court for consideration. According to ABC News, the purpose of the review will be to determine three key aspects of McVay’s sentence.

“They include whether the sentence was affected by passion, prejudice, or any other arbitrary factor; whether the evidence supports the finding of a judge or jury of a statutory aggravating circumstance, and whether the sentence of death is out of line with the penalty imposed in other, similar cases.”

 

Update: This story originally incorrectly stated the trial happened in North Dakota. The trial was in South Dakota.

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Comments

  1. OK, so this man threatened to kill O and his sentence is death. WHAT about all of the many, many illegal acts O has done to our country ———- he should be punished (what should that punishment be?).

    • Linda From NY says:

      He murdered a 75 year old elderly lady just to steal her car, he deserves the death sentence for this, not for saying he is going to kill Obozo

      • Edwardkoziol says:

        Linda what is going to happen when all these illegal criminanals that Obutthole and Holder let out of jail kill someone can we say Obutthole and Holder are accomplicies aqre try them and give them the death penalty.

        • Linda From NY says:

          Hi Edward,
          Once again these criminals in our white house keeps on making decisions that will hurt Americans citizens. With all of the money that this illegal Bastard wasted, they could have used it to build more prisons for these criminals, this is NOT good, putting Americans in harms way. The last thing we need is to have more criminals on the streets

  2. This has NOTHING to do with OBAMA… The writer just jumped on the killers wild story to get it printed and look we're talking about it…

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    Had this wack job actually got to Big Ears and got caught. He would have been sentenced to death for killing the first half ass black president.I just hope all those illegal alien scumbags that Obutthole and his whinny crybaby AG let go kill only people that are friends of Obozo and democraps.

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    In 5 years, this is the best attempt, what is wrong with this country?

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