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Man accused of threatening Cheney at rally denied bond

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A man charged with threatening the life of Vice President Dick Cheney at a campaign rally was denied bond yesterday.

Homer O. Shoup Jr., 51, of Wayland, is accused of calling a 911 dispatcher on Friday, saying he had turned his van into a bomb and planned to try to kill Cheney by crashing it into the Lansing-area venue where the vice president was to speak that day.

Shoup will remain in custody as his case goes before a grand jury, expected within 30 days, said Kay Hooker, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Margaret Chiara.

He was arrested less than two hours after the call about an hour's drive from the Cheney rally. He was in his van, along with a propane gas tank, a full five-gallon gas tank, and three empty metallic trash cans, according to a sworn statement from Secret Service Agent Brian Sweeney.

Shoup told the dispatcher that Cheney has ''murdered a lot more people than I'm going to," according to a transcript of the conversation included in the affidavit.

He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of a charge of threatening the vice president.

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