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Former commodities trader admits threats

CENTRAL ISLIP — A former New York commodities trader has admitted making repeated death threats against federal regulators.

Vincent McCrudden entered the guilty pleas Monday, shortly before his trial was to have begun in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

He has been held without bail since his arrest in January.

He was charged with threatening employees of the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission and other agencies. Many of the messages included profanity laced tirades against the regulators.

McCrudden apologized Monday to his victims, his family and to the government. He said he had no intention of hurting anyone.

As part of the plea deal, he faces a sentence of between 27 months and 33 months.

Prosecutors say McCrudden has had longstanding feuds with some of the officials who were threatened.