FL Man Pleads Not Guilty To Bush, Obama Threats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The court-appointed attorney for 22-year-old Raymond Geisel entered the plea Wednesday at a brief hearing before a federal magistrate judge in Miami.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a town hall-style meeting in Springfield, Mo., Wednesday, July 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A South Florida man who authorities say kept an arsenal of weaponry and military gear has pleaded not guilty to threatening to assassinate both President Bush and Barack Obama.

The court-appointed attorney for 22-year-old Raymond Geisel entered the plea Wednesday at a brief hearing before a federal magistrate judge in Miami.

Geisel, who is originally from the Bangor, Maine area, had previously been charged with threatening to kill Obama. The new charge of making a threat against Bush was added in a grand jury indictment made public today. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in federal prison.

According to the Secret Service, Geisel made the threats while attending a training class in Miami to become a bail bondsman.


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