July 13th, 2012
06:11 PM ET

Man gets 16 year sentence for Obama threat

From CNN's Carol Cratty

A man from Uzbekistan living in Alabama was sentenced Friday to almost 16 years in prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Ulugbek Kodirov, 22, pleaded guilty in February to threatening Obama, providing material support for terrorism and for illegally possessing an automatic weapon.

In his guilty plea, Kodirov said that in 2011 he was communicating with a person he thought was a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated terrorist group, and that "Kodirov interpreted these conversations to mean that he should kill President Obama," according to the Justice Department.

Kodirov also admitted speaking to a different person in July 2011 about wanting to kill Obama and possible ways to carry out the act. Kodirov did not realize that person was a confidential source for law enforcement who then introduced Kodirov to someone to help him get weapons. The new contact was actually an undercover agent.

The three men met in a motel room in Leeds, Alabama, on July 13, 2011, and the undercover agent showed Kodirov a machine gun, a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight and four disassembled hand grenades, and asked if he would like any of them to "carry out his plan to kill the President." Kodirov picked the machine gun and the hand grenades, according to the Justice Department.

Kodirov took the weapons and left the meeting but was arrested by agents before he could get out of the building.

Kodirov came to the United States on a student visa in June 2009, but failed to enroll in school. His visa was revoked in April 2010 and from then on he was in the country illegally.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ezo

    I've never witnessed a blog with so many illiterate posts.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Johnny

      Seems like a mini-version of Fast And Furious.

      Entrapment, too. Dude needs a real lawyer. Where is the ACLU ????

      July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  2. Peter

    ? only to 16 years ?

    July 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • talaba

      i hope anyone will kill us top terrorist obama and bush

      July 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • MazeAndBlue

        Your next, in our cross hairs. Do us a favor and continue to post. DUCK!!!

        July 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • MazeAndBlue

      Any act of terrorism against any American should be punish by life in prison, period.

      July 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  3. saeed

    all usa presidents have been losers but this one is a bankcrupt loser its not suprise since he hangs around hillary clinton that is a crazy cancer patient yelling in the street. obama cant do anything usa cant do anything britain cant do anything one topol m2 from russia and its game over supernintendo style.

    July 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Ezo

      You're obviously off your meds. Now choke yourself.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Johnny

      You neglected to mention "stupid", too.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  4. USA - World leading thieves and murderers Thank you

    all moslems are terrorists, probably, aren't they at the end of day somehow....

    July 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Ezo

      Not very bright, are you?

      July 16, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
  5. protecting the office is JUST

    this is an election year and the political diggs an spin will fly, BUT IN NO WAY SHOULD THAT CROSS THE LINE.
    the idiot gets what he deserves

    I WOULD NEVER FOR THE LOSER obama .

    July 15, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
  6. Tom

    Campaign propaganda. Both parties swim in it. The roman senators would have gladiator games and throw loaves of bread to buy votes. Todays candidates throw a lot of B S. There's a line of B S for ALL the improvements that are needed. Problem is the UNITED STATES is finished. China owns us and we can't blow them up. Time to learn chinese.

    July 15, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  7. Bangash

    Eisenhower said when he gave his farewell speech in 1961. "if the military industrial complex ever gains control of the U.S. government..we will never again see peace in our lifetime." If you manufacture weapons of war...you have to manufacture reasons to use them. they are slowly killing our government and country as well.

    July 15, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
  8. tkret

    What you'll get is a lifetime of enjoyment.

    July 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  9. saeed

    democracy is a lie just a month ago a person in norway got sent 5 years to jail just for writing a couple of things on the internet thats very much for a country like norway where people get 8 years for murder.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  10. Denverboy

    Vote is your right to take a life...now that is another set of laws....

    July 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  11. lance

    obama doesnt count he's not the real american prisident anyway, just some fraudulent kenyian halfbreed that lied and cheated the electorial vote and swindled in passed the liberal voters.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Denverboy

      He is an American and as much an American as any American..Unless YOU are NATIVE AMERICAN..we are all from somewhere besides America....ALL OF US....

      July 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • For the record

        "NATIVE AMERICANS" came from somewhere else too !

        July 15, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • T.J.

      Lance, you need to learn how to spell president. Maybe you should stop bashing the president and try to finish up your grade 6 education. Between your job as a waiter and Mcdonald's, you should have time. Cheers mate!!!

      July 14, 2012 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • 2+2=5

      Oh, another theorist, not very bright are we?

      July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  12. Name*hst73

    I'm threatening not to vote for him... How much time could I get for that?

    July 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • 2+2=5

      8 more years of Republican extremism and failure.

      July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • JC

        Nice! Can't say I agree with the extremism or totally with the failure but I'll put two points on the board for a great answer.

        July 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • kel

      Extending the mess that we're in now due to no new ideas from the Repubs. Conservatism my behind. These guys run up the debt with the tax cuts that was not paid for. It took a democratic president to get us out the last time (Clinton) and it's taking a lot longer this time due to the big hole we're in now. I'm an Independent voter who votes the issues and I just do not see a credible plan from the Republicans that will get us out of this mess. Health care - not perfect from Obama but it's a start. What about the Repubs? Please don't bring us the plan that dude Ryan brought up because that's a joke.

      Some of the clowns on this blog need to take their meds.

      I'm voting for Obama; not fooled by the repubs. Tell Mittens to release his tax returns. 2 years and he won't go beyond that. Is he hiding something? His daddy released 12 years of his returns. Now his business credentials are called into question about the Bain issue. Even his own party telling him to release them. Mike Dukakis - Willie Horton, Mitt Romney - Bain Capital. Hmm

      Obama/Biden 2012

      July 16, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply

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