A 44-year-old man James McVay was sentenced to death after plotting to kill US President Barrack Obama.
“I don’t have a lot to say here,” said Judge Peter Lieberman. “This is a situation where a jury’s verdict has a lot more weight than what I could say.”
According to reports, “McVay walked away from a minimum security unit at the state penitentiary on July 1, 2011. He shoplifted then drank alcohol and cough syrup, then spent the night under a bridge in Sertoma Park. He awoke, asked Satan for guidance, then saw and slid under [75-year-old Maybelle] Schein’s partially-opened garage door. He stabbed her eight times then stole her car. When he was apprehended in Madison, Wisconsin, hours later, he told the arresting officer that he had planned to kill and steal his way to Washington, D.C., to kill President Barack Obama.”
McVay’s death sentence will be reviewed by South Dakota Supreme Court. The state’s highest court will review the case if decision was affected by passion, prejudice, or any other arbitrary factor; or whether the evidence presented really supports statutory aggravating circumstance.