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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

San Antonio Man Sentenced for January 2018 Threats Made Against Players and Fans at NFL Playoff Game at Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of San Antonio, Texas, has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months incarceration on his conviction of Threatening Interstate Communications, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Yuttana Choochongkol, aka Jason Manotham, age 41.

According to the information presented to the court, on January 10 and 11, 2018, Choochongkol made three threats against the athletes and attendees of the National Football League Divisional Playoff Game on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Choochongkol used the internet to send threats to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania through the KDKA.com and Heinzfield.com "contact us" portals that he was going to engage in mass shootings and suicide at the game.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. In imposing the sentence, the Court noted the seriousness of the offense of sending internet communications threatening to harm fans and players participating in a public event.

U.S. Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Yuttana Choochongokol.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Updated November 27, 2018