MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) _ A former Stilwell businessman has pleaded guilty to mailing a threatening letter in an attempt to get money from a banker.
Leonard E. Baird, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to mailing a threatening communication and receiving extortion money.
Baird was arrested in early December after he mailed a threatening letter to Stilwell banker Jim Carson, demanding $750,000 be put in a garbage bag and left near a rural church.
Baird was arrested after FBI agents observed him picking up the bag, which contained only copy paper and two $100 bills.
Baird is the oldest son of Leonard and Billie Baird, a former Oklahoma Farm Family of the Year.
After his arrest, he admitted mailing Carson the threatening letter, which threatened Carson's children.
Baird could be sentenced to up to six and-a-half years in prison, prosecutors said.
A sentencing date will be set by U.S. District Judge Frank Seay.