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Man Charged With Sending Threats

July 11, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A Pennsylvania man was charged on Tuesday with sending a threatening e-mail to a radio station about Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson and his family.

Jay W. Charles, of Leola, Pa., was charged with one count of transmitting interstate threatening communications.

Charles, 54, sent an e-mail to WIP, a Philadelphia radio station, threatening to injure Iverson or kill a member of his family, federal officials said.

He sent the e-mail May 16 to WIP’s Rhea Hughes. The message was routed through a server in Atlanta and traced to Charles.

``Computer transmission connections often go through other states, and in fact, Mr. Charles’ name was on the e-mail he sent. It was not sent anonymously,″ said U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles, who refused to disclose the specific contents of the message.

If convicted, Charles could be sentenced to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Charles did not return a message left at his home Tuesday night.

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