New Orleans Louisiana. Shawn Payton of Jackson Michigan pleaded guilty Friday in Detroit in federal court to making a bomb threat on the telephone to the Louisiana Superdome in January during a National Football League (NFL) playoff game between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints.
Payton pleaded guilty to one felony count of transmitting threats to injure interstate communications. The punishment Payton faces is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested Payton on January 30 in Detroit. Prosecutors said Payton called the Louisiana Superdome reception desk during the NFL playoff game January 7 to claim there was a bomb inside the stadium. The Louisina Superdome had over 70,000 person inside the building at the time of the bomb threat phone call.
The U S Attorney's Office revealed Payton made another telephone call 45 minutes later saying "severe consequences" would happen if the "stupid Southern team keeps winning." The Saints won the playoff game 45-28.
News sources New Orleans Times Picayune, Baton Rouge Advocate and Associated Press.