Fla. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening Bush, Obama

Giesel tight-lipped at hearing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2008 12:19 PM CDT

A man who authorities said kept an arsenal of weaponry and military gear pleaded not guilty today to threatening to assassinate both President Bush and Barack Obama. Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, spoke only his name and age as his court-appointed lawyer entered the plea. Geisel had previously been charged with threatening Obama, but the Bush charge, added in a grand jury indictment, only became public today.

According to the Secret Service, Geisel made the threats while attending a training class in Miami to become a bail bondsman. One unidentified student said that during one of the classes, Geisel referred to Obama using a racial slur and then added, "If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself." Another student said she'd heard him threaten Bush. Geisel denies both incidents. Each charge carries a maximum of 5 years in prison.
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