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.
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