Mother of Mo. man charged with threatening Pres. says he was just drunk & ‘blowing smoke’

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STOVER, Mo. -- Cameron Stout, 24, from Stover, Mo., is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening and plotting to shoot the President. On Tuesday, he was charged in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City with making threats to the President .

On Thursday, his mother, who lives in Douglas County, Kan., spoke to FOX 4's Robert Townsend about the accusations against her son. She believes he was set up. She says she visited her son in jail, and he told her he did not make any threats against the president.

"He's not bad. He's good," said Kim Tullis, Cameron Stout's mother. "He was not plotting to assassinate the president."

An affidavit from a Secret Service agent says Stout had several conversations during the past week with a confidential informant about plans to kill the president. The informant is a former Aryan Nation member.

Cameron Stout and his mom

Cameron Stout and his mom

Court documents say Stout made diagrams, charted wind speed and distance and even looked for a high-powered rifle so he could shoot and kill President Obama either in Washington, D.C., or when the president visited Kansas City. The confidential informant also told authorities Stout thought about trying to shoot the president during his January visit to Lawrence.

Parts of the conversations between Stout and the informant were recorded, authorities say.  Stout's mother says Stout met the informant and another man in the Lake of the Ozarks area. She said Stout was drunk and thought the pair was going to give him parts for his four-wheeler.

"He had no plot and he was just talking. he was just blowing smoke, trying to be one of the guys," Tullis said. "It wasn't serious. Cameron was not serious about hurting the president in any way."

Tullis says he told her there is no diagram outlining the alleged shooting plan.

"They're not gonna find anything on the laptop, is what he tells me," she says.

Court documents reveal Stout said, ‘I know that it can happen and I know that I can get away with it, but I know that it needs to be executed a certain way.”

Stout's mother knows her son has behavioral problems, but says: "He's not a terrorist. He's a boy from a small town."

"I think it's just a bad situation gone astray," Tullis said. "He was scared. He was crying."

Stout was in court on Thursday to face the charges. FOX 4's Robert Townsend called him for a comment, but he was unreachable as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday.  In the meantime, Stout remains in federal custody. Tullis said her son is being held in Versailles, Mo., about 30 miles from Jefferson City.


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