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Woman Found Guilty of Threatening President

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After nearly five hours of deliberations, a federal jury found a Rochester woman guilty of threatening to kill the President of the United States.

Christine Wright-Darrisaw sat motionless as the jury rendered a guilty verdict. She could now spend up to five years in prison for threatening to take the life of President Barack Obama and for lying to Secret Service agents.

Wright-Darrisaw made the threat in a telephone call to the White House comment line on February 24, 2012. She'd called to complain about New York State child custody laws and ended her two-and-a-half minute call by saying she was going to kill Obama.

Wright-Darrisaw admitted calling the White House that day, but denied making the threat. She told Secret Service agents that someone took her phone while she was talking to the White House and that person must have made the threat.

Federal prosecutor Craig Gestring says the testimony of White House operator Christiane Richardin sealed Wright-Darrisaw's fate.

"I think when the operator testified with the power of the phone call and she used the words brutal and violent call, she really showed the emotion and court and I think that came through, and the Secret Service did a fantastic job with the investigation with almost no information and taking that and developing a lead into an actual suspect and narrowing down and identifying and interviewing and everything else they do so well," Gestring said.

Wright-Darrisaw will be sentenced May 14. See faces up to five years and a $250,000 fine for each of the counts.

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