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Jury deliberating in McVay death sentencing trial

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls jury is deliberating to decide whether a mentally ill man should be sentenced to death for killing a woman as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.

The panel of seven men and five women on Monday began deliberations in the case of 43-year-old James McVay. The jury must vote unanimously for a death sentence.

If jurors do not vote unanimously, McVay will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

McVay earlier pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plan to drive to Washington and kill the president. He was later arrested in Madison, Wis.