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James McVay sentenced to death

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It is a significant day for the South Dakota justice system.

James McVay has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for killing Sioux Falls hospice nurse Maybelle Schein.

Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said he is relieved the trial is over because they have been working on it for a long time.

And he thinks the jury ultimately made the right decision.

It has been nearly three years since James McVacy killed Maybelle Schein in her home - the first step in his plot to drive cross-country and kill President Obama.

He describes the attack on Schein in a 2011 jailhouse interview after his arrest in Wisconsin, "There was no malice or anything, it wasn't personal it was just she was in my way and I removed her," said McVay.

On Monday, McVay was sentenced to death.

"I think the jury saw how vile this crime was, how heinous it was, the pain and suffering endured by Ms. Schein in this case," said McGowan.

McGowan added the verdict was the right thing to do because McVay has already threatened a female guard and a mental health professional since returning from Wisconsin.

"We know that he's considered killing other inmates so this defendant was not only capable of doing this to an innocent 75 year old woman, but is a future danger and now will be locked up for the rest of his life on death row," McGowan explained.

McGowan added this is the first capitol punishment case he's filed and only the second time his office sought the death penalty in over 20 years.

But it is evident it is what was needed to stop McVay.

"I mean if that's what fate has in store for me, then lets do it otherwise I'm coming for Obama," said McVay in the jailhouse interview.

After the verdict was read some people in the courtroom started crying.

Including McVay's defense attorneys who say they have grown close this admitted killer.

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