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Minn. Man Wants Guilty Plea Tossed In Biden Threat

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who admitted using his neighbor’s online identity to email death threats to Vice President Joe Biden wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Barry Ardolf of Blaine pleaded guilty in December to charges including two counts of aggravated identity theft and threatening the vice president.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Ardolf recently filed an 18-page legal memorandum from jail seeking to withdraw his plea. He says the mother of his three children died several years ago and he doesn’t want his kids to become orphans.

He says he was food- and sleep-deprived when he pleaded guilty.

In his plea agreement, Ardolf admitted hacking into his neighbor’s wireless connection and creating multiple e-mail accounts in his neighbor’s name, then using one of those accounts to e-mail Biden’s office in May 2009.

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