Local

Lions Fan Gets Probation For Phoning In Threat

View Comments

Detroit Lions
Upcoming Games

Buy Lions Tickets Full Schedule
Lions Central
Buy Lions Tickets
Sun Oct.19
Home vs New Orleans Saints
findticketsbtn Lions Fan Gets Probation For Phoning In Threat
Sun Oct.26
Away vs Atlanta Falcons
findticketsbtn Lions Fan Gets Probation For Phoning In Threat
Sun Nov.9
Home vs Miami Dolphins
findticketsbtn Lions Fan Gets Probation For Phoning In Threat

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a 35-year-old Detroit Lions fan to three years’ probation for phoning in a bomb threat to the Louisiana Superdome during the New Orleans Saints’ playoff win over the Lions in January.

Shawn H. Payton of Jackson pleaded guilty in June transmitting threats to injure in interstate communications.

The FBI arrested Payton in Detroit on Jan. 30. Prosecutors say he called the Superdome reception desk during the on Jan. 7, when about 70,000 people were inside the stadium and claimed there was a bomb in the building.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said Payton made a second call 45 minutes later, saying there would be “severe consequences” if the “stupid southern team keeps winning.” The Saints beat the Lions 45-28.

Judge David Lawson sentenced him Thursday. Besides the probation, Payton also must serve 60 days of home confinement.

TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,302 other followers