Jackson Playfair was at the centre of a dramatic story, after his girlfriend was taken into U.S. custody for allegedly making death threats against him.
A 19-year-ol hockey player, Playfair is currently living in Washington State where he plays for WHL team the Tri-City Americans. Playfair is originally from Fort St. James, and the son of NHL assistant coach Jim Playfair.
Playfair had been dating Canadian reporter Tieja MacLaughlin since last July.
MacLaughlin, 25, was taken into U.S. investigative custody after Playfair reported MacLaughlin told him “you will be dead by the end of the night” according to court documents.
The documents also say Playfair initially recieved threats from MacLaughlin after a phone argument between the couple in which Playfair admitted to cheating on MacLaughlin, the arguement ensued and she allegedly began to threaten Playfair.
Playfair then decided to report the matter to police when he said he realized MacLaughlin was driving down to see him from where she lived in Kelowna, B.C., after he told her to stay in B.C..
Police then visited MacLaughlin at her hotel, warning her against further contact with Playfair.
On the Saturday, Playfair reported she texted him again mutiple times, after which she was taken into custody.
MacLaughlin denied making the threats and told police Playfair threatened to ruin her career and her life.
MacLaughlin appeared in Benton County district court in Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 23 and has now been charged with felony harassment with a domestic violence allegation.
Bail was set at $50,000 and the maximum penalty for the charge is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
MacLaughlin’s arraignment was on Jan. 24, after the paper went to press.
Any further updates will be posted on www.caledoniacourier.com.
Playfair was recently traded to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington State from the Spokane Chiefs.