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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty in Calling in Bomb Threat Before Playoff Game

A Michigan man charged with phoning in a bomb threat to the Louisiana Superdome during the Saints’ playoff win over the Lions in January has pleaded guilty.

The Times-Picayune reports that Shawn Payton, of Jackson, Mich., pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Detroit.

The newspaper reports he pleaded guilty to a felony count of transmitting threats to injure in interstate communications. Payton faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI arrested Payton in Detroit on Jan. 30. Prosecutors say he called the Superdome reception desk during the Jan.7 game and claimed there was a bomb in the building.

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