DENVER -- An Iowa college student charged with leaving a
profanity-laced death threat on the answering machine of Kobe Bryant's accuser has agreed to plead guilty.
John Roche, 22, is accused of leaving a profanity-laced message
on the woman's answering machine July 27, threatening to assault
her with a coat hanger and repeatedly vowing to kill her.
He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 2 but said in court papers made
available Tuesday he would change his plea. A hearing was scheduled
for Nov. 24.
Roche is charged with making a threatening telephone call across
state lines, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison
and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors would not say whether Roche will plead guilty to the
original charge or a different one. Roche's lawyer, Nathan
Chambers, did not return an after-hours telephone message.
Roche was a student at the University of Iowa at the time of the
alleged threat but withdrew and moved to his parents' home in
Bryant, 25, is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old
Colorado resort employee June 30. A judge ordered Bryant to stand
trial on Tuesday, but no date has been sent.