SPOKANE, Wash. — An unemployed woodcutter who kept a bullet marked "For you, Mr. President" in his motel room pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges he threatened President Reagan.
Robert W. Nelson Jr., 23, admitted to threatening Reagan in a plea arrangement in which a second charge of firearms possession by a felon will be dropped at sentencing, authorities said. The threat count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Nelson was arrested Oct. 29, 1986, after evidence was found in his motel room that he apparently was making plans to attack the President during a campaign swing in support of former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.). Nelson, who was on parole for state charges, including armed robbery, has been held without bond.