Detroit man charged with threatening Bettis
DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit man has been charged with sending letters threatening to kill celebrities, including former football star Jerome Bettis.
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday alleges Leon Desmond Barrett sent more than a dozen letters between December 2006 and April of this year to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the University of Notre Dame.
In some letters, the government says Barrett wrote he was getting ready to kill the former Steelers and Rams running back, as well as music performers Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Barrett denies sending threatening letters.
He tells The Associated Press he has had a dispute with Bettis for seven years and has written to various people about the dispute.
First Published August 5, 2009 2:58 am