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Deal sought for man in George W. Bush threat

Lawyers say they’re seeking a pre-trial deal for an upstate New York man charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm former President George W. Bush.

Federal prosecutor Bradley Tyler and Ian Rotunno’s attorney, Mark Hosken, told a U.S. District Court judge Monday they’re hoping to settle the case within two weeks. Without a deal, a May 3 preliminary hearing could trigger a grand jury indictment.

The 23-year-old from suburban Rochester was detained in October while driving to Washington, D.C. He’s facing up to 10 years in prison.

Secret Service agents say Rotunno told them he was simply going to fire into a reflecting pool on the National Mall, expecting police would arrest or kill him. But he added he would kill Bush with his bare hands if he could.

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