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German Man Convicted Of Threatening Clinton

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A German man living in Florida faced a prison sentence of up to 15 years Friday after his conviction for threatening to kill President Clinton.

Zsolt Sass, 34, was found guilty late Thursday by U.S. District Judge Dale Cook after a three-day trial. Sass, who once worked as a U.S. government informant, had waived his right to a jury trial and asked Cook to decide the case.

Sass was arrested Sept. 3 in Sarasota, where he ran a nightclub, on a domestic violence charge by his American girlfriend, Patricia Shay. She also said he had made several threats to kill Clinton.

Police found seven guns, eight knives and 250 rounds of ammunition in Sass' car when he was taken into custody.

Sass' attorneys argued that any threats he made were not serious, describing him as an archconservative who was only "puffing" when he said he wanted to kill the president.

But Cook found the threats were credible enough for a reasonable person to believe them.

Sass, who was in the United States illegally, was also found guilty of illegally possessing firearms.

He is expected to be sentenced in late April or early May, a court official said Friday.

Sass said he worked as an informant for the U.S. Secret Service on a counterfeiting case, which the agency confirmed.

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