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Man Sentenced for Clinton Threat

June 7, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ A man who threatened to blow up President Clinton and placed phony pipe bombs near the Eugene Airport before a presidential visit has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Jeffrey Loring Pickering, 51, pleaded guilty to making bomb threats by telephone, lying to investigators and placing two fake bombs in a roadside culvert. The president’s June 13, 1998, trip was not disrupted.

He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Papagni said Pickering threatened the president to impress some teen-agers.

He said Pickering also has claimed military honors he didn’t earn, enlisted in the Navy under a false name, and tried steal defense secrets and sell them to the Soviet Union.

Pickering also has a past conviction for sexually abusing two teen boys, according to court records.

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