Lions fan gets probation for game-time bomb threat

Matthew Stafford (9) of the Detroit Lions shakes hands with Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints after their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won the game 45-28. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) DETROIT - A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a 35-year-old Detroit Lions fan to three years' probation for phoning in a bomb threat to the Louisiana Superdome during the New Orleans Saints' playoff win over the Lions in January.

Shawn H. Payton of Jackson pleaded guilty in June transmitting threats to injure in interstate communications.

Prosecutors say Payton twice called the Superdome during the Jan.7 game and claimed there was a bomb in the building.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said that in the second call, Payton said there would be "severe consequences" if the "stupid southern team keeps winning," according to CBS Detroit. The Saints beat the Lions 45-28.

Judge David Lawson sentenced him Thursday. Besides the probation, Payton also must serve 60 days of home confinement.

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