Michigan Man to Prison for VP Threats

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A southwestern Michigan man with a history of mental illness is going to prison for four years and three months for threatening the vice president's life.

Fifty-one-year-old Homer Shoup pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of threatening to kill Vice President Dick Cheney. He could have received up to five years in prison.

Shoup who is from Wayland also must serve three years of supervised release after prison.

He called a 911 operator on October 29 and threatened to drive his van filled with gasoline and propane into a Lansing building where Cheney was speaking that day.

Shoup was arrested a few hours later in a Grand Rapids Park.