NY man charged with planning to kill former President George W. Bush

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 3:21 PM

(CNN) -- A suburban Rochester, New York, man described as potentially "the next Oklahoma City bomber" has been arrested and charged with planning to kill former President George W. Bush, according to federal authorities.

The suspect, 23-year-old Ian Rotunno of Greece, New York, repeatedly told Secret Service agents he was intent on killing the former president, and had planned to go to Washington or Texas to carry out that mission. However, Rotunno, after loading his truck with assorted weapons, turned himself in to Owego, New York, police on October 7.

Rotunno was charged Tuesday in federal court in Buffalo with "knowingly threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm upon a former President of the United States." If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison.