Man Needing Health Care Threatens to Kill Obama
Stephen Espalin: I had 'no intent' to hurt him
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2013 4:58 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks during the last news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – A homeless Florida man says he only threatened to kill President Obama and his family in order to get better health care, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Stephen Espalin, 57, told a judge in West Palm Beach yesterday that he made the threat because he had chest pains and had been kicked out of a Boca Raton hospital for lying about having health insurance. "I would have no intent to hurt the president," said Espalin. "I realize it wasn't the right thing to do."

He had done it before, too, serving 18 months for saying he would murder former President George W Bush in 2001. Espalin made his latest threat during a cold spell in December of 2010. His public defender said he clearly "had no ability to carry out a threat against the president," but the prosecutor noted Espalin's criminal history as a convicted sex offender. The judge gave Espalin a sentence of four years, three months in federal prison, the greatest punishment possible—and said he required a prison with special medical care.

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TheCher
Jan 20, 2013 5:06 PM CST
From the Obamacare law: " PG 50, section 152 states that free, taxpayer-paid health care will be given to the 30 million non-citizens in the USA, even illegal aliens." Does this mean the healthcare required only applies to the US citizens, including the old, homeless, temporarily disabled, unemployed...etc? "Pg 170, lines 1-3 exempts non-resident aliens from the individual health care taxes, so Americans citizens will pay for these aliens, legal and illegal alike." Does this mean that US citizens can get free healthcare if incarcerated, but a non-resident alien cannot be incarcerated for having no identity?
fractal
Jan 20, 2013 12:40 PM CST
I think it is pretty funny to see people use the excuse of "sex offender" to bash a sick, homeless man. We have no idea what kind of sex offense it was. I could have been something as small as "exposing" himself in "public" while urinating. Or having sex in a public park. But there is a certain kind of smug, judgmental asshole that sneers at the thought of "walking a mile in anothers moccasins"---and they seem to gather on newser.
jfarley
Jan 20, 2013 11:16 AM CST
dont you all know you have to have money to do anything in america the more you got the better off you are. He wanted help and probley did not get it