Dad admits threatening officials from kid’s football league

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A youth football player’s father has pleaded guilty to threatening officials from a Pennsylvania youth football league, prompting the cancellation of its season.

Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Loughner pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy, terroristic threats and harassment for sending threatening letters to Mount Pleasant Area Junior Football League officials.

Investigators say Loughner and a co-worker sent letters to a referee that prompted him to resign. Police say they also found 40 bullet shell casings in a parking lot near the field used by the league with the names of officials written on them.

Loughner’s attorney, Ken Burkley, says his client acknowledges making the threats but denies placing the bullets in the lot.

Burkley says his client was upset over increased weight limits for the teams, which resulted in injuries to several players.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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