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Former inmate says government owes him money

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A Fargo man convicted of telling a fellow inmate he wanted to kill former President Bush says the government owes him money for keeping him in prison beyond his scheduled release date.

Daniel Cvijanovich (see-AHN'-oh-vich) was sentenced in 2007 on one felony count of threats against the president. He was released after serving 19 months in prison and four months in a halfway house.

Cvijanovich says he should have been moved to the halfway house 49 days earlier. He's seeking $500 per day for each day he was held in prison, or $24,500.

Prosecutors say inmates do not have an absolute right to be transferred to a halfway house and Cvijanovich has not shown that he has a legitimate claim under federal or state law.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson is to hear arguments in the case Oct. 26.

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