JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd surrendered Monday to federal agents in Tupelo to face charges he threatened a former girlfriend and possibly her son, the FBI said.

Boyd, 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Mississippi earlier this month.

Boyd, a Meridian native, now lives in East Providence, R.I., and plays baseball for the Brockton (Mass.) 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, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi, and U.S. Attorney Jim M. Greenlee said in statement 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 being taken to Oxford to await an initial appearance before a federal magistrate. If found guilty of the charges, Boyd could receive a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, three years’ supervised release and up to $250,100 in fines.

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