August 13th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Man who plotted to kill Obama to be sentenced

(CNN) - A man accused of planning a "killing spree" against African-Americans in a 2008 plot that also targeted then-presidential candidate Barack Obama will be sentenced Friday in a federal courtroom in Tennessee.

Daniel Cowart, of Bells, Tennessee, admitted to conspiring with Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Arkansas, in planning to kill more than 100 African-Americans, according to the Justice Department.

The two are self-described white supremacists who met online through a mutual friend, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson, Tennessee, has said.

The men were arrested in October 2008 after an aborted robbery attempt outside Jackson, according to court records.


Cowart pleaded guilty in March to threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon a presidential candidate, conspiracy, intentional damage to religious property, discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and multiple gun charges related to carrying a sawed-off shotgun across state lines.

His co-conspirator Schlesselman pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy, threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon a presidential candidate, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Schlesselman was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison.

Cowart faces up to 75 years in prison under his plea agreement, the Justice Department said.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. David

    Just another proud member of the Tea Party!

    August 13, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    Most republican's hero. He is the poster boy for the majority of the tea party. But at least he has the guts to come out and say it.

    August 13, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Duck Fallas

    Will the Tea Party survive without these two fine Americans?

    August 13, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Okay finally something I can agree with the right-wing on. I say capital punishment is in order.

    August 13, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Jay

    Hating someone so much simply on the basis of their color to kill them?

    Hope the judge sentences you to death and orders your organs for donation to people of color needing transplants.

    August 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. ART

    what idiots were they members of the tea party?

    August 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Throw away the key after you lock them up.

    August 13, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Planning a killing spree is a terrorist act. These people are terrorists - home grown, but terrorists nonetheless.

    August 13, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Republicans is smart in the head area

    They are now tea party candidates for Governor and Senator from Tennessee.

    August 13, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Shari from Madison WI

    I bet there are a number of republicans who will try and get these perps parole or pardon. After all, most republicans were probably sorry they didn't succeed.

    August 13, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. C Smith

    I hope that it just kills him that we have our first African American President. I hope he rots in jail.

    August 13, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is good that he is being sent to prison. I may not have liked all the previous presidents, but the difference I have is that I don't want them dead. I would have preffered them be impeached or something different, but never dead. Everyone will eventually die; why hurry the matter on these people?

    August 13, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    This guy goes to jail and the quitter is still flying (since 2008) all over the place inciting hate against the President? Same for bachman and angle.
    Who says our criminal justice system doesn't work????

    August 13, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Demented loser – doesn't even deserve to be given any press. Keep him institutionalized forever and throw away the key.

    August 13, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Dont forget to call Rush on openline friday

    Check their hard drives and see if they listened to Rush alot.

    August 13, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |