A San Rafael man who pleaded guilty to making threats against Sen. Barbara Boxer was sentenced to 182 days in jail and three years’ probation Wednesday. Kevin Joseph O’Connell, 47, already has 175 days credit for time served and will likely be released from jail next week, his attorney Bonnie Marmor said.
O’Connell was arrested July 16 near his residence on East Francisco Boulevard. San Rafael police received a report earlier that week about threatening messages that were left on Boxer’s office’s voicemail. The messages consisted of death threats and were left after business hours the week of July 10, San Rafael police Sgt. Lisa Holton said.
O’Connell was charged with threatening a crime with intent to terrorize and threatening a state official, both felonies, Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said. Marin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren reduced the charges to misdemeanors over the prosecution’s objection, Borden said, and O’Connell pleaded guilty on Oct. 24.
Marmor said O’Connell never intended to hurt Boxer or anyone else, but was upset about drug use and other conditions where he lived on a boat.”He wasn’t getting much response and he was venting. It was a cry for help,” Marmor said this afternoon.
“He had some mental health issues that caused him to lose perspective,” Marmor said. “I think the resolution is appropriate and he will get some help from Marin County mental health services.” Judge Boren ordered O’Connell to stay 100 yards away from any of Boxer’s offices and residences and to avail himself of mental health treatment, Borden said.
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