The FBI says former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd has surrendered to federal agents in Tupelo to face charges of threatening a former girlfriend and possibly her son.
Boyd was indicted by a federal grand jury in Mississippi earlier this month.
The 45-year-old Boyd is a native of Meridian, Miss. He now lives in East Providence, Rhode Island, and plays baseball for the Brockton Rox, an independent minor league team in the Canadian-American League. He pitched his first game for the Rox in May, eight years after his last professional appearance.
John G. Raucci, who is the special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi, and U.S. Attorney Jim M. Greenlee, said Monday that Boyd allegedly made five telephone calls in which he threatened to harm the ex-girlfriend, who was also a business associate, and her son. Both live in Mississippi. Authorities gave no other details about the case.
Boyd was taken to Oxford to await an initial appearance before a federal magistrate. If found guilty, Boyd could receive a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, three years' supervised release and up to $250,000 in fines.