Tomah man sentenced to 3 years for threatening POTUS
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Tomah man charged with threatening the life of the President of the United States last year has been sentenced.
Brian Dutcher, 55, was sentenced to three years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
Dutcher was found guilty of this charge on January 12, 2016, after a two-day trial in federal court in Madison.
On July 1, 2015, Dutcher traveled from Tomah to La Crosse, Wis., and told a library security officer at the La Crosse Public Library that he was in La Crosse to shoot the president.
President Barack Obama was scheduled to make a speech in La Crosse the next day.
At trial, evidence showed that the defendant also threatened the life of the president in a posting he made on June 30, 2015, on Facebook. He posted, “that’s it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!”