PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 46-year-old Portland, Ore., man accused of threatening the life of President Obama has pleaded guilty.
Darryl James Swanson told U.S. District Judge Anna Brown on Thursday that he was "in a terrible mental state at that time."
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/VwFUUC) that Swanson pleaded guilty to one count of threatening the president of the United States, a charge that carries a maximum five years in prison.
Prosecutors say Swanson made multiple phone calls to government officials and news organizations.
According to court records, in a May 2, 2011, call to the Seattle bureau of The Associated Press, Swanson said he might have to get a machine gun "and blast my way into the White House, leaving the president and the first lady in caskets full of blood."
Swanson acknowledged he is being treated for mental illness.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 12.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com