Sentencing delayed in plot to kill president
Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:06 pm
By: AP, staff reports
From AP, staff reports
The sentencing hearing for a young West Tennessee man in a plot to assassinate President Obama has been delayed in Jackson.
The Jackson Sun reported federal prosecutors requested the delay and 21-year-old Daniel Cowart’s sentencing has been rescheduled from today to Aug. 13.
Cowart — of Bells — pleaded guilty to eight federal charges in March, but can take back the plea if the sentence is more than 18 years in prison.
While awaiting trial, Cowart and another suspect, 19-year-old Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Ark., had been held without bond in the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex.
Cowart and Schlesselman were charged in October 2008 with plotting a robbery and killing spree across several states, ending with the assassination of then-candidate Obama.
Schlesselman is serving a 10-year prison term on his guilty plea.
Federal investigators say Cowart and Schlesselman are white supremacist “skinheads.”
Capt. Kent Treece of the Obion County Sheriff’s Department said the young men were brought to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex Oct. 31, 2008.
On Jan. 22, Schlesselman was released to the custody of U.S. Marshals. Cowart remains incarcerated at the local county jail.
Published in The Messenger 7.8.10