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Embrace illegal debate: Atlanta man pleads guilty to mailing threatening letters to ESPN

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If you're a sports fan in America, ESPN is inescapable. And the World Wide Leader's reach is so broad that it's bound to tick you off in at least some small way; that's the nature of being everything to everybody. But we do not recommend you take out your frustrations with ESPN the way that an Atlanta man did: by mailing hostile, threatening letters.

Evan P. Chaggaris, 42, of Atlanta has entered a plea of guilty in Connecticut in connection with letters mailed between September 2011 and June 2012 to various ESPN personalities. The letters included threats to injure or kill, according to a Connecticut U.S. Attorney, and we really can't endorse that in any way. (Remember: free speech isn't entirely free.)

Here's the thing: this is the second time Chaggaris has been nailed in Connecticut for the exact same offense. In 2004, he mailed 31 letters and made six threatening phone calls to various ESPN personalities. He pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to five years of probation in May 2006. In other words, he started back up again within months of getting off probation. That is some serious customer dissatisfaction.

As part of these most recent charges, Chaggaris was arrested in September, and has been ordered to continue mental health treatments. He has been forbidden to watch sports commentary on television.

His sentencing on these current charges is scheduled for July 10, and he now faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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