Conviction for 2008 Super Bowl threats overturned

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of an Arizona man accused of planning to kill people at the 2008 Super Bowl.

Kurt William Havelock was originally sentenced to a year and a day in prison for sending letters to major media outlets promising to be “swift and bloody.”

He was convicted of six counts of mailing threatening communications. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco says the mailed item containing the threat was not addressed to a specific person.

Havelock was accused of bringing a semiautomatic rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition to a parking lot near the game site at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Havelock did not attack, however, and he turned himself in to police.

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