Maine man to plead guilty to public radio threats

Posted April 09, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2011, at 4:12 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he emailed death threats aimed at the hosts of the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.”  

Court documents say 38-year-old John Crosby, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, threatened to torture and kill the hosts of the program. The messages started in November and became more threatening. A search of his car turned up a shotgun and ammunition.  

Crosby was to go on trial in federal court in May. The Portland Press Herald reports Crosby’s attorney filed a notice with the court Thursday saying that Crosby intends to waive his right to trial and change his plea to guilty.  

A hearing on Crosby’s change of plea is scheduled for next Friday.  

Crosby has been in jail since his January arrest.