A North Carolina man who threatened to set off bombs during a 47-hour tractor standoff on the National Mall in Washington in 2003 has avoided additional time behind bars.
Tobacco farmer Dwight Watson of Whitakers drove his tractor into a pond on the Mall and held police at bay and stalled traffic while a SWAT team waited him out. The man known as "Tractor Man" has long since finished his 16-month prison term.
A federal judge says Watson should remain free, despite an appeals court ruling last year that his sentence was inaccurate and probably too lenient.
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