A 60-year-old Utah man has pleaded guilty to sending an email threat to the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency during its prosecution of Lance Armstrong.
Robert Hutchins faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate communications involving a threat. The Associated Press reported he will avoid jail time if the judge accepts a plea bargain offered by prosecutors.
On Aug. 23, 2012 -- after Armstrong announced he would not fight USADA’s charges -- Hutchins sent an email to the USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart stating: “Hope you have body guards and bullet proof vest, your (sic) a dead man ...”
The message also contained a string of expletives with the message: “You just don’t know what you’ve done.”
The Utah case follows a similar incident in which a Florida man pleaded guilty for emailing threats to Tygart.
Hutchins is scheduled for sentencing in early February of next year.