UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) A man arrested in Madison for killing a woman in South Dakota, as part of a plot to assassinate the president, was sentenced to death yesterday.
A jury in Sioux Falls South Dakota chose the death penalty over life in prison for 43-year-old James McVay. He had pleaded guilty but insane to a murder charge -- and he now joins three other death row inmates in South Dakota who are going through a series of appeals.
McVay escaped from a minimum-security prison in 2011. Authorities said he was under the influence of alcohol and cough syrup when he killed 75-year-old Maybelle Schein and stole her car. He was arrested on Interstate-90 at Madison after a brief chase. McVay told police and a Madison T-V reporter he killed a quote, "little old lady," and was heading to Washington to kill President Obama while he was playing golf.
Prosecutors said McVay stabbed Schein nine times -- and she bled to death in just 16 seconds. Public defender Traci Smith said McVay's mental health was not properly cared for by his prison staff -- and when he gets proper treatment, Smith said he does not pose a threat.