Cape Elizabeth man gets almost 4 years for threatening NPR hosts

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 38-year-old Maine man is going to prison for 46 months for sending threats aimed at two hosts of the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.”

John Crosby was given the maximum sentence allowed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Friday. The Cape Elizabeth man pleaded guilty in April to two counts of making threatening communications across state lines.

Federal agents charged Crosby last year after investigating more than 20 threatening messages that had been sent to NPR through its website, some of which named “All Things Considered” hosts Melissa Block and Guy Raz.

In a rambling statement in court, Crosby described being unemployed and sleeping in his car, saying he didn’t deal well with his anger and stress.

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