Nebraska Man Gets Jail for Racially Charged Threats Against Insurer

September 24, 2009

A former football coach has been sentenced to a year in jail for making racially charged threats at an insurance company.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jose Jefferson sent the letters in February to Ameritas Life Insurance of Lincoln, where he worked.

The letters threatened death to all blacks and said one African-American at the company would be killed.

Jefferson’s attorney says his client sent the letters in response to an anonymous letter left on Jefferson’s desk that said he was not qualified for the job.

Jefferson had coached at Lincoln High in 2005, had been an assistant at two Nebraska colleges and was head coach of the Lincoln Capitols and Lincoln Lightning indoor pro football teams.

A woman who helped write the letters awaits sentencing.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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