Local News in Brief : Man Armed at Bush Rally Sentenced

A paralegal worker who plotted a “symbolic assassination” of President Bush just before the November election was sentenced Monday to time served for bringing a starter pistol to a Bush rally in Woodland Hills.

John Arthur Junot was sentenced to four months in prison, but he faces immediate release because he has already served five months. He was also ordered to pay a $250 fine and $1,000 to cover the cost of his three-year supervision after his release.

“You are a very bright individual, but between the left ear and the right ear something’s gone astray,” U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian said during the sentencing.

Junot, 40, told a psychologist he wanted to fire the nonlethal pistol near Bush in Warner Park on Nov. 6 to “remind Americans of Bush’s mortality and the consequences of (Vice President Dan) Quayle’s inadequacies.”