Man pleads guilty in threats to Giants coach Coughlin

PHILADELPHIA -- Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say a man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening mail to New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Herbert Alex Simpson of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to two counts of mailing threatening communications. Simpson sent Coughlin letters threatening to expose a fictitious sexual tryst with two women.

Court papers initially filed by prosecutors said the letters demanded the coach pay $20,000 to $30,000, but defense lawyer Nialena Caravasos notes that the charges of extortion were dropped. She says her client has disabilities that require a mental health exam and that will be taken into account at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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