From the “you can’t make this stuff up” category, a man and woman have been convicted for threatening officials of a Pennsylvania youth football league.
One dad got angry in 2015 at the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior Football League (supporting players ages 6-14) for increasing weight limits on teams. Joseph Loughner, 52, was worried smaller players would get hurt. In protest, he sent threatening letters to football officials.
According to an AP article, Loughner’s first letter was in an envelope with a joker playing card showing a sinking ship. Inside the envelope was a red tip wooden match stick. The second letter stated “now this is a threat, if one more kid gets hurt I will kill you” and “take it any way you want and to the cops.”
Loughner did not sign his letters and in an effort to keep police off of his trail, he asked a waitress at the restaurant where he worked, who had no kids in the league, to write the letters in her handwriting. Kimberly Ross, 35, not only penned the letters for her co-worker, she wrote names of league officials on several of the 40 bullets she scattered in a parking lot where league games were played. As a precaution, the football league canceled the rest of the 2015 fall season.
In what was likely an oversight, one of the letters was written on the back of a restaurant paper placemat where the two worked. The two adults were charged with conspiracy, terroristic threats and harassment.
Loughner was sentenced last year to serve five years on probation, including four months of house arrest, and to perform 80 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution to the league, $4,000 for every game not played.
This past Monday, Ross was sentenced to serve up to two years in jail, a harsher term due to having a prior criminal history.
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