Man Admits Threatening ESPN Personalities

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By EDMUND H. MAHONY/CTNow

HARTFORD, Conn. (CTNow) — A Georgia man admitted in court Wednesday — for a second time — that he threatened sports broadcasters in letters he mailed to ESPN’s Bristol headquarters.

Evan P. Chaggaris, 42, of Atlanta pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford Wednesday to mailing 25 letters to ESPN management. In them, he criticized programming and threatened to harm or kill broadcasters.

In 2005, he was arrested and convicted of a similar offense after mailing threatening letters and making threats during telephone calls to ESPN. He pleaded guilty following the first arrest and was sentenced to five years of probation.

Chaggaris was accused of sending more letters beginning in September 2011, four and a half months after completing his probation.

The letters typically were written as a “Memo to” someone, such as the programming director. In one letter, he threatened a particular sportscaster by saying he would “squash his bald head like a grape,” according to material filed in court.

Chaggaris faces as much as five years in prison when he is sentenced on July 10 by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny.