Lawyers are still holding out hope of reaching a pre-trial deal for an upstate New York man charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm former President George W. Bush.
If the case isn’t settled, Ian Rotunno’s preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court in Rochester on Tuesday could trigger a grand jury indictment.
The 23-year-old Rotunno from Greece was detained in October while driving to Washington, D.C., armed with a shotgun, knives, a bat and handcuffs. If convicted, he could draw 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.