Man Pleads Guilty in Threats to Giants Coach

By Jennifer Millman
|  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say a man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening mail to New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Herbert Alex Simpson, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to two counts of mailing threatening communications.

Simpson sent Coughlin letters threatening to expose a fictitious sexual tryst with two women.

Court papers initially filed by prosecutors said the letters demanded the coach pay $20,000 to $30,000, but defense lawyer Nialena Caravasos notes that the charges of extortion were dropped.

She says her client has disabilities that require a mental health exam and that will be taken into account at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Simpson faces up to 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, 2 years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.

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