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Man's alleged threats on ESPN website 'reprehensible,' official says

September 20, 2012 |  7:20 am

Prosecutors on Wednesday revealed new details about a man accused of threatening to kill children in emails on ESPN's website.

The Valencia man was charged with sending emails that made references to killing children and to "The Dark Knight Rises" movie-theater shooting in Colorado, as well as possession of an illegal weapon.

Prosecutors did not detail the comments, but Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, described them as "reprehensible and threatening."

Eric Ting Yee, 21, who appeared briefly in San Fernando Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, had his arraignment postponed until next month. Meanwhile, Court Commissioner Martin R. Gladstein reduced Yee's bail to $100,000 even though the district attorney's office had argued that the nature of the threats warranted a $2-million bail.

Yee's father, Roger Manfoo Yee, 62, faces the same charge of illegal possession of an H&K M-94 assault weapon. He has not been arrested and did not appear in court.

Eric Ting Yee was connected to a residence in the 23000 block of Edenton Place, which overlooks Santa Clarita Elementary and Arroyo Seco Junior High, authorities said.

The case was the result of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley station, which was notified about Yee's alleged comments by authorities in Bristol, Conn., where ESPN's headquarters are located.

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