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Man sentenced for plotting to kill Utah Governor

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-04 18:51:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The man accused of plotting to kill Gov. Gary Herbert was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison today.

Police said Brian Biff Baker sent numerous messages to a friend indicating that he was hiding in the bushes outside of the Governor’s mansion and intended to shoot Herbert.

Baker was initially facing both state and federal charges, but the state charges were dropped in favor of the federal charges, which carry stiffer penalties.

The Governor was inside the mansion at the time, and he was moved to a safe location.

Police said at the time of his arrest Baker had told them his plan was more talk than action. He also reportedly told police he was upset with government in general rather than having a specific complaint about Herbert.