Man Who Planned to Kill His Way to Obama Gets Death
James McVay killed elderly SD woman, stole her car
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2014 1:22 AM CDT
James McVay is escorted into Minnehaha County Court in Sioux Falls earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page, File)

(Newser) – A man who murdered an elderly South Dakota woman in what he described as the first step in a plot to kill and steal his way to Washington and assassinate President Obama has been sentenced to death. After walking away from a minimum-security prison unit, James McVay drank alcohol and cough syrup, asked Satan for guidance, and broke into the home of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. He stabbed her to death, stole her car, and told police about his Obama plan when he was apprehended a few hours later.

McVay, 44, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder and a jury voted unanimously for the death penalty after deciding the killing was "wantonly vile and inhuman." Without a unanimous vote, McVay would have been sentenced to life without parole, the AP notes. "I don't have a lot to say here," said the judge as he formalized the jury's verdict in a hearing yesterday. "This is a situation where a jury's verdict has a lot more weight than what I could say."

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May 15, 2014 9:54 PM CDT
I'm sure Cliven Bundy's supporters are bummed at missing out on one of their guards in the rotation. But Nevada's Governor and Republican Senator refer to drek like this as 'patriotic'.
May 15, 2014 7:22 AM CDT
Goodbye, McVay. Moving on....
May 15, 2014 6:35 AM CDT
Everyone who is getting all worked up about this seems to be overlooking the obvious: Since 1976, "only three people have been executed by the State of South Dakota". That's only three people in nearly 40 years! I'm for the death penalty, but unfortunately the chances of this turd being executed are extremely slim to none.