Reporter who allegedly issued death threats to WHLer takes plea

Canadian sports reporter Tieja MacLaughlin. (Twitter)

Canadian sports reporter Tieja MacLaughlin. (Twitter)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET

After a month of court-mandated time in Washington state, a Canadian sports reporter is set to return home.

Tieja MacLaughlin, 25, was charged with felony harassment and domestic violence in mid-January for allegedly issuing death threats to her junior hockey-playing boyfriend Jackson Playfair, 19.

MacLaughlin originally pleaded not guilty. On Wednesday, she took a plea agreement.

At the time of the charges, MacLaughlin was a freelance print and TV reporter working in Kelowna, B.C. She started dating Playfair, a member of the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans, in July 2013. Playfair's father, Jim Playfair, is a former NHLer.

"At this point in time, I'm not concerned about anything but going home," MacLaughlin told reporters Wednesday in Kennewick, Wash. "I've been here four weeks and it's been emotionally exhausting, not only for me but my family, too. Financially as well, we've taken a big hit."

MacLaughlin must undergo mental health treatment over the next year, including counseling, according to Castanet.net. She has been placed on probation and cannot contact Playfair.

The case will be formally dropped if MacLaughlin completes the plea conditions, Castanet.net reported.


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