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Tomah man found guilty of threats against the president

MADISON — A 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man was convicted of two counts of threatening the life of the president of the United States, following a two-day jury trail in Madison.

According to information from John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, and Frank P. Benedetto, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Chicago Field Office, that Brian Dutcher was convicted of two counts of threatening the life of the president. The jury reached its verdict the afternoon of January 12 after almost five hours of deliberation.

According to the news release, Dutcher traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 1, 2015, where President Barack Obama was scheduled to make a speech the next day. While at the La Crosse Public Library, Dutcher told a library security officer that he was in La Crosse to shoot the president.

Dutcher also threatened the life of the president in a posting he made on June 30, 2015, on Facebook. He posted, “that’s it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our Constitutional Duty!”

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley schedule sentencing for March 15, 2016. Dutcher faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count.