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Woman convicted of making hundreds of 911 calls, 'harassing' Los Angeles operators (Audio)

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A 43-year-old woman was convicted of making hundreds of harassing phone calls to 911 operators, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Monday.

A Los Angeles woman has been convicted of making hundreds of harassing phone calls to 911 operators, the City Attorney's Office announced Monday. 

Linette Young, 43, was convicted after a week long trial of 12 counts of making harassing 911 calls and 13 counts of making a false emergency report. An attorney for Young was not immediately available to comment.

Young made more than 400 calls to 911, beginning in 2011. In the first nine months of 2013, she requested paramedics 220 times. She called the operators as much as six times a day, according to the City Attorney's Office.

"911 is for emergency calls only, and this conviction is part of our work to ensure that the public’s lifeline is not abused," said City Attorney Mike Feuer in a statement.

Young was sentenced to three years probation, 180 days in jail and mandatory psychological counseling. She was also ordered to cease contact with the Los Angeles Fire Department and refrain from making 911 calls for non-emergencies.

The L.A. City Attorney's Office provided one of the phone calls that was used as evidence in the case. In it, a woman that prosecutors identify as Young complains about a lack of service. Then, when the operator sends an ambulance over, she tries to cancel it.

Listen to an edited version of the phone call:

 

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