- Update (April 16, 2010) : Arkansas man sentenced to 10 years for Obama plot, (AP). JACKSON, Tenn. — A white supremacist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to kill then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and dozens of other black people. U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen on Thursday sentenced 19-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark. He had pleaded guilty in January. Twenty-one-year-old co-defendant, Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn., also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Authorities have described the pair as white supremacist skinheads who hatched a plan to go on a cross-country robbery and killing spree that would end with an attack on Obama in 2008. Their plan was to kill 88 African-Americans and behead 14 others before trying to take out Obama. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist movement.
…planned to dress in all-white tuxedos and top hats and die in the attempt to shoot Senator Obama from the windows of a speeding car.
But authorities say while they had guns, the plot never got close to getting off the ground and they were probably too disorganised to carry it out.
Among their blunders: they drew attention to themselves by etching swastikas on a car with chalk, they knew each other only for a month, they couldn’t pull off a house robbery, and a friend reported them to authorities.
Schlesselman’s sister, Kayla, revealed yesterday she had spoken to her brother and he had expressed regret. She doubted the plot was serious.
“He said he’s sorry about everything he’s done,” she said. “He just believes that he’s the master race.
“He would just say things like ‘white power’ and ‘Sieg Heil’ and ‘Heil Hilter’.”
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Officials said the two plotted to kill 88 people, decapitating 14 of them. Both 88 and 14 are numbers significant in bonehead culture.
Schlesselman’s page on MySpace, the social networking site, displayed the phrase “i slap jigaboos” and included a photo of himself in blackface with the caption: “Me as a n – – – – -.”
A spokeswoman for The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, said Schlesselman’s site is typical of racist language found across the Internet.
“Most of that stuff that he spouted off is very common on racist Web sites,” said Heidi Beirich of the Alabama-based group. “That stuff is all over the Web. It’s sad to say there are so many racist MySpace pages that you can barely keep up with them.”
Beirich said most people will never do more than post racist speech, but Schlesselman’s gun video was cause for alarm.
“There are a lot of racists out there who will never act on their beliefs, but weaponry is a good start to capability,” she said.
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