Man gets 7 years for making threats against Obama, Sen. Bennet

DENVER - A man prosecutors say threatened President Barack Obama and Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors in Colorado say 25-year-old Thomas Daniel Sanchez sent a threatening letter on June 2011 to Bennet saying he was with a "terrorist group" that planned to kill the senator. Prosecutors say Sanchez also suggested there was a threat against Obama.

Sanchez was at the Larimer County jail when he sent the letter and was interviewed by FBI agents.

"At the end of the interview, Sanchez stood up and deliberately spit in the face and eyes of one of the FBI agents. When warned not to do that again, the defendant leaned forward and threatened the agent," according to the news release from the Justice Dept.

Prosecutors say he also repeatedly called the FBI office in Fort Collins to reiterate various threats.

A federal judge sentenced Sanchez earlier this week.


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