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Suspect in Bush threat may get pretrial deal

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Lawyers said Monday that they're seeking a pretrial deal for an upstate New York man charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm former President George W. Bush.

Federal prosecutor Bradley Tyler and Ian Rotunno's attorney, Mark Hosken, told a U.S. district judge that they're hoping to settle the case within two weeks. Without a deal, a May 3 preliminary hearing could trigger a grand jury indictment.

Rotunno, 23, of Greece, was detained in October while driving to Washington, D.C. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Secret Service agents said Rotunno told them he was simply going to fire into a reflecting pool on the National Mall, expecting that police would arrest or kill him. But he added that he would kill Bush with his bare hands if he could.


Mental illness ruled in knifing of nieces

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A woman who admitted stabbing her two young nieces at their home across from Martha Stewart's estate was found not responsible Monday because of mental illness.

Lisa Turkki, 40, of East Syracuse, is to be committed to a psychiatric institution. Her case will be reviewed every two years. If she is ever found to have recovered, she could be released, the District Attorney's Office said.

With the agreement of the judge, prosecutors and defense, Turkki entered a plea of guilty but not responsible to charges of attempted murder, assault and weapons possession.

Turkki was baby-sitting Maeve Kelly, 7, and Annabel Kelly, 9, of Katonah, on July 31 when at about 9:20 p.m., she called 911 and said she had stabbed her nieces. The girls have recovered.


Missing student's body found in wooded area

COHOCTON (AP) -- Authorities said Monday that hikers have found the body of a college student from Maryland who had been missing for more than a month.

State Police said the remains have been identified as those of George Delany, 21, of Frederick, Md., and that no foul play is suspected.

The Rochester Institute of Technology junior was reported missing after he left his suburban Rochester apartment March 12 and never returned.

Troopers said two hikers found the body Sunday evening in a wooded area in this northern Steuben County town, 45 miles south of Rochester.

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