A North Carolina accountant who threatened to kill then-Sen. Barack Obama has been permanently stripped of his state CPA license.
Jerry M. Blanchard, 49, of Indian Trail, pleaded guilty in February to threatening to kill Obama during last year’s presidential race. He was sentenced on June 8 to one year and one day in prison, fined $3,100 and placed on three years of supervised probation upon his release.
The N.C. State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners said Blanchard’s felony conviction violates state CPA regulations.
Blanchard was charged in August 2008 on two felony counts of “knowingly and willfully … threatening to kill, kidnap, and inflict bodily harm upon U.S. Senator Barack Obama,” then a Democratic candidate for president, according to a federal complaint.
Blanchard told diners on July 5, 2008, at a Waffle House on Pineville-Matthews Road that he planned to kill Obama with a rifle he would buy from Hyatt’s Gun Shop on Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte. On July 28, 2008, a witness said, Blanchard made similar threats at an uptown Charlotte hotel.
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