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Yee pleads no contest to weapons charge

Case settled for man arrested in alleged Internet threat against children

Posted: August 2, 2013 3:15 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2013 3:15 p.m.

A Valencia man who created a local and national buzz last year for allegedly threatening children in an online chat room received probation after pleading no contest today to one felony count of possessing an assault weapon, said a spokeswoman from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Eric Ting Yee entered his plea today in San Fernando Superior Court and was sentenced to three years’ formal probation and ordered to complete an eight-hour program at The Museum of Tolerance, according to District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash also ruled Yee must continue to undergo mental health and anger management counseling, according to Robison, and must complete 60 days of service for the California Department of Transportation in Los Angeles.

“The plea was an open plea to the court, meaning it was not part of a negotiated plea with the District Attorney’s office,” Robison said.

Yee was arrested last September after he allegedly posted comments in an online chat room saying he was looking at children and “wouldn’t mind” killing them.

Though Yee was not charged in relation to the alleged online threats, a subsequent search of his parents’ Valencia home, which overlooks two Santa Clarita Valley schools, turned up an illegal H&K M-94 assault rifle.

Yee and his father, Roger Manfoo Yee, were both subsequently charged with possessing an illegal weapon and both pleaded not guilty.

Roger Manfoo Yee also pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon and was sentenced to three years’ probation.

The Yees are also no longer allowed to own or possess firearms, according to Robison.
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