GEORGIA MAN ADMITS MAILING MORE
THREATENING LETTERS TO ESPN EMPLOYEES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EVAN P. CHAGGARIS, 42, of Atlanta, Ga., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to mailing numerous threatening communications to ESPN in Bristol, Conn.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 2011 and June 2012, CHAGGARIS mailed approximately 24 handwritten letters to ESPN. All of the letters contained threats to injure or kill certain ESPN personalities.
CHAGGARIS was previously prosecuted in the District of Connecticut for the same offense. In 2004, he mailed 31 threatening letters to ESPN in which he threatened to injure and kill ESPN personalities, and also made six threatening phone calls to one ESPN personality. CHAGGARIS pleaded guilty and, on May 8, 2006, he was sentenced to five years of probation. His term of probation concluded on May 8, 2011.
CHAGGARIS was arrested on a criminal complaint on September 21, 2012, in Atlanta.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for July 10, 2013, at which time CHAGGARIS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
This matter has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul H. McConnell and Sarala V. Nagala.
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