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A Sanders man apologized Thursday during his sentencing for attempting to threaten Social Security workers, saying he was having "a really bad day."

Michael James Long, 50, told Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull that he's usually not violent and has been working with mental health professionals and with an attorney on his Social Security issues.

"I'm doing what I can to fix it. I apologize for what happened," Long said.

Cebull sentenced Long to one year of probation and prohibited him from entering any federal building without permission from his probation officer. The judge also prohibited Long from having firearms during his probation.

Long pleaded guilty in October to a misdemeanor count of attempting to threaten Social Security workers in Billings.

The incident happened on May 31, when concerned family members notified law enforcement that Long was headed with a gun to the Social Security Administration office in Billings. Long was upset and angry over having been denied disability payments, the prosecution said.

Treasure County Sheriff Wayne Robison stopped Long in Hysham and "was able to calm me down," Long told the judge.

Cebull followed a plea agreement and dismissed an indictment that had charged Long with two felony counts of retaliating against federal employees by threatening assault.  

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