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Man admits threatening to kill ranger over parking ticket

January 23, 2013 |  4:02 pm

A Santa Clarita man pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of threatening to kill a Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority park ranger over a parking citation, authorities said Wednesday.

Derrick Alfoldy, 41, was accused of leaving a message on the ranger's office answering machine threatening that “someone is going to die.” He pleaded to one count of making a criminal threat. A second count was dropped.

Alfoldy was sentenced to 36 months probation and 20 days of community service. He was ordered to give up the firearms he owns, attend more than two dozen anger management sessions and stay at least 100 yards from Towsley Canyon Park and the ranger that he threatened.

A Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority spokesman said the case was more serious than simply being disrespectful to law enforcement.

"This incident is not to be taken lightly and we are pleased that Mr. Alfoldy is getting the help that he needs," said authority spokesman Eric Rose. "The court recognized that it's unconscionable to threaten to kill a peace officer."

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