Texas Man Who Threatened Obama Gets Probation, Home Detention

A Texas man who pleaded guilty to threatening President Obama and the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis was sentenced to four years of probation and home detention Friday.

U.S. District CourtJudge Christine Arguello sentenced 21-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez to serve the first 10 months of his probation under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay nearly $1,500 to Mall of America security.

Gutierrez pleaded guilty May 4 to a charge of making threats by e-mail and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

In January, he sent two e-mails to the FBI, threatening Obama before his inauguration and saying he had planted explosives outside the mall.

He claimed the e-mails were pranks.