Apr 9, 2011

Man pleads guilty to death threats against ATC hosts

A man accused of threatening to kill two All Things Considered hosts has agreed to plead guilty to the charges, the Associated Press is reporting. John Crosby, 38, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was to go on trial in U.S. District Court in May on charges that he emailed dozens of threats to NPR's Melissa Block and Guy Raz through the network's website. Family members say Crosby suffers from mental illness. His attorney filed notice with the court Thursday (April 7) that Crosby will waive his right to trial and change his plea to guilty. It's not clear whether the move is part of a plea agreement, although acceptance of responsibility typically results in a lower sentence. A hearing on Crosby's change of plea is scheduled for April 15.

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