Cape Elizabeth man pleads guilty to threatening NPR hosts

Posted April 15, 2011, at 10:55 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man has pleaded guilty to emailing death threats aimed at two hosts of the National Public Radio program, “All Things Considered.”

An investigation by federal agents into email threats of rape, torture and murder led them to John Crosby of Cape Elizabeth. After his arrest, agents found a shotgun in his car.

On Friday, Crosby pleaded guilty to making threatening communications across state lines and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He remains in custody pending sentencing. U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says the crimes carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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