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Probation for man who threatened staff of US rep.

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Posted: May 05, 2011 9:24 PM

A Philadelphia man won't serve jail time for threatening a Pennsylvania congresswoman's staff because he was upset over his lost dentures.

A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced 44-year-old Jesse Keel to three years of probation on Thursday. Keel had previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor threat charge.

Authorities say Keel told a member of Rep. Allyson Schwartz's staff that he was an ex-Marine who could jump on a bus and shoot everyone in the office.

They believe he made the Aug. 25 call from a Philadelphia hospital. The plea agreement says the staff had previously dealt with Keel.

Schwartz released a statement Thursday saying the sentencing was "fair and just."