Paul Schlesselman, 19, of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, plead guilty on Thursday to charges he plotted to kill then-Sen. Barack Obama and dozens of other black people in 2008.
Schlesselman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy, one count of threatening to kill and harm a presidential candidate and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.
A co-defendant, Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tenn., remains in custody.
According to The Associated Press, authorities have described the two as white supremacist skinheads who hatched a plot for a cross-country robbery and killing spree that was to culminate with an attack on Obama, who was then a candidate for president.
They were arrested in October 2008 and have been held without bond since.
Authorities have said that although the two had enough guns to create carnage, they never got close to carrying out their plans.
USA Today: Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia.
The conviction puts his NBA future in some doubt.
Arenas, 28, was charged yesterday with a single count. As part of the plea deal, his lawyer said, prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence at the low end of the guidelines, which is no more than six months in jail. Sentencing is set for March 26.
The prosecutor offered details of what led to the charge, which grew out of a dispute with a teammate over a card game on the Wizards’ flight home from Phoenix on Dec. 19, the Associated Press writes:
The three-time All-Star has previously acknowledged storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center, saying he wanted to keep them away from his young children and didn’t know it was a violation of the city’s strict gun laws. He says he took them out of the locker Dec. 21 in a “misguided effort to play a joke” on a teammate.
The charge was made hours after the teammate, Javaris Crittenton, had his Northern Virginia apartment searched by police looking for a silver- or chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun with a black handle. The search warrant indicated police were investigating crimes that include brandishing a weapon. No evidence was seized, according to court documents, and Crittenton has not been charged.
Possessing a gun at an NBA arena violates the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner David Stern has suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay pending the outcome of the case.
No official comment so far from the Wizards or the NBA.