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Plea deal could be near for man in Bush threat

Federal prosecutors are signaling a possible plea deal for an Upstate man charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm former President George W. Bush.

Ian Rotunno, a 24-year-old from Greece, was detained in October while driving to Washington, D.C., armed with a shotgun and handcuffs.

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’d kill Bush with his bare hands if he could.

A so-called “information” filing in U.S. District Court in Rochester is a step prosecutors take to schedule a hearing on a possible deal.

A new hearing date hasn’t yet been scheduled. Rotunno was due in court again on May 25.