Man accused of threatening Tygart makes appearance

Updated: July 29, 2013, 1:17 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- One of the men charged with threatening U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart shortly after the agency stripped Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles has made his initial appearance in federal court.

Robert Hutchins of Sandy, Utah, made a brief appearance Monday, where arrangements were made for a public defender for Hutchins. His arraignment was set for next Monday.

Hutchins faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Another defendant, Gerrit Keats of Clearwater, Fla., had his initial hearing postponed until Aug. 8. He faces the same charges in a separate case.

Shortly after Armstrong said he wouldn't fight the USADA sanctions, Tygart revealed he had received death threats and was asking the FBI to investigate.


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