August 13th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
5 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.