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Man sentenced in e-mail threat

August 05, 2008|Christian Berthelsen

A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 284 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to sending a threatening e-mail to Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach.

On Jan. 25, Steve Van Arroyo, 51, sent a message to Moorlach's work e-mail account saying he would have Moorlach and his family "incinerated" and that he would "kill dead all 5 supervisors."

Investigators traced the message to Arroyo's home through the Internet protocol address of the computer used to send the message. No evidence emerged as to why Arroyo sent the e-mail. The court also issued a restraining order prohibiting Arroyo from contacting Moorlach or his family.

-- Christian Berthelsen

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