Crime & Justice

NorCal man pleads guilty to threatening Sen. Boxer

California Sen. Barbara Boxer
California Sen. Barbara Boxer
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County prosecutors say a San Rafael man pleaded guilty Monday to making death threats against Senator Barbara Boxer.

Marin County Deputy District Attorney Aicha Mievis told the Marin Independent Journal that 47-year-old Kevin Joseph O'Connell entered the plea on Monday to a charge of threatening a public official. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for the plea.

Authorities say O'Connell threatened Boxer in a voicemail he left at her San Francisco office in July. He allegedly claimed he was being harassed by authorities and was in a dispute with his neighbors.

San Rafael police have said the death threat wasn't related to Boxer's political positions.

O'Connell's lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Bonnie Marmor, described the call as a cry for help.

O'Connell accepted an offer from Judge Terrence Boren to plead guilty if the charges were reduced to misdemeanors, Mievis said. He faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Nov. 9.

O'Connell could have faced up to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charges. He remains in custody at the Marin County Jail.