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Man gets 17 years in murder threats

August 28, 2009|Tami Abdollah

A 45-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to a maximum of 17 years in prison for possessing homemade explosive devices with the intent to kill his ex-wife, her divorce attorney, the family court judge and Huntington Beach Police Department officers.

Ronald Gary Turner of Costa Mesa was on probation for a separate domestic violence case against his ex-wife that resulted in three restraining orders when he stalked her and her divorce attorney, and threatened to kill his ex-wife by shooting her in the face, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Israel Claustro. Turner also threatened to shoot the judge presiding over the divorce case, and threatened to commit suicide by creating a standoff with police and detonating remote pipe bombs with timers.

-- Tami Abdollah

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