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Man sentenced to federal prison for threat against Bush

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A jail inmate who made threats to kill President Bush because of the war in Iraq was sentenced Friday to 42 months in federal prison.

Marshall Bernard Jones, 38, made oral and written threats to kill Bush over the war in Iraq while in custody at the Jefferson County Jail awaiting sentencing on two unrelated bank robbery cases, federal authorities said.

“Any threat against the president has the full attention of the Secret Service and will be given top priority by this office,” U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin said in a statement.

“All threats are taken serious and will be met with investigation, prosecution and imprisonment.”

Jones was accused of making the threats last April.

A jury convicted him in a trial in August.

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