Man pleads guilty in West Tenn shooting plot

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to charges he plotted to kill then-Sen. Barack Obama and dozens of other black people.

Nineteen-year-old Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Ark., pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy, one count of 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.

He faces 10 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15.

A co-defendant, 21-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn., remains in custody pending a hearing Feb. 22.

Authorities have described the two as white supremacist skinheads who hatched a plot for a cross-country robbery and killing spree in 2008 that was to culminate with an attack on Obama, then a candidate for president.

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