Possible Obama Threat Shawn Robert Adolf Sentenced for Theft

March 2010

The Greeley man who was held in 2008 after allegedly plotting the assassination of President Barack Obama was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for a theft scheme in 2007. The Greeley Tribune reports that Shawn Robert Adolf is also required to pay $88,000 in restitution. Adolf was indicted for seeking to steal heavy equipment and vehicles as part of the scheme. He pleaded guilty in October to theft, a class three felony. A federal criminal complaint filed in 2008 claimed Adolf sought to kill Obama on his inauguration day using a sniper rifle with a high-powered scope. But Troy Eid, the U.S. attorney in Colorado at the time, declined to file charges against Adolf and his associates, saying there was a difference between a "true threat...and the reported racist rantings of illegal drug-users" (via The Denver Post).