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Ex-convict gets probation for threatening San Diego district attorney

December 19, 2011 |  5:22 pm

A 41-year-old ex-convict who served a prison term for stalking an ex-girlfriend and her parents was sentenced Monday to probation after pleading guilty to sending threatening letters to San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis and other law enforcement officials.

Frankie Corleone pleaded guilty to a single count rather than face a possible third trial on the charges. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Corleone to five years probation after giving him credit for the months he had spent in jail awaiting trial.

Corleone was convicted of stalking in 2007. While serving a five-year prison term, he sent letters to Dumanis mentioning the possibility of her being shot or stabbed.  Similar letters were sent to a deputy district attorney and a Sheriff's Department lieutenant involved in the stalking case.

After Corleone was paroled from prison in 2010, he was charged in Riverside County with sending the threatening letters.

He was acquitted in a Superior Court trial after his lawyers argued that the language about stabbing and shooting was a reference to a fight he had had with his ex-girlfriend's father.

After that acquittal, Dumanis asked U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy to look at the case. Corleone was then charged in federal court, but a federal jury in April was unable to reach a verdict.

When he was convicted in 2007 on the stalking charge, his name was Frank Sorichetti. While in prison, he changed his name to Frankie Corleone, as a paean to the gangster from the movie "The Godfather," according to court documents.

--Tony Perry in San Diego