A Gladewater, Texas man admitted in Lubbock federal court that he threatened the life of President Barack Obama because the President, "made himself available by shaking hands with a lot of people and he played a lot of basketball."
According to court records, Marion Rush, 44, was a prisoner in the Montford Unit, just outside of Lubbock, at the time he mailed a threatening letter – specifically, June 30, 2011. Rush admits that he claimed to be in the American Taliban and quoted the Qur'an as justification for threatening to kill the President and members of his family. The letter was sent from the prison to a Lubbock address of the Texas Attorney General's office.
In 1994 Rush was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for aggravated assault of a public servant in Gregg County. At the time of letter, he had served all but three years.
On the more recent charge, Rush will be sentenced at a later date to no more than five years in federal prison.
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