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Man charged with threatening to kill deputy found guilty

Posted: March 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.

A Valencia man charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff’s deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion was found guilty of that offense, trespassing and robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Louis Valentino Gabriel, 19, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Friday and entered pleas interpreted as “guilty” by the court for crimes that occurred in late December 2012 and April 2013.

“The defendant plead open to the court. So, he plead to all charges and special allegations on each of the cases,” District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Tueday. “He received 3 years felony/formal probation, 16 days county jail and Regional Center Counseling.”

The incident which prompted San Fernando Superior Court Judge Shari Silver to order Gabriel’s parents to be with him at all times happened April 18, 2013, when Gabriel threatened to kill Sgt. Darren Harris by maliciously tampering with gas lines, a felony.

For that particular case, Gabriel was handed a “stay away order,” Santiago said, Gabriel pleaded guilty to criminal threats in that case and was sentenced to 12 days and 36 months probation for that incident alone, said Santiago.

“Defendant tampered with the gas lines outside the Santa Clarita Station,” Santiago said. “The defendant said he was going to blow up the station. He said he learned how to do it by watching an episode of ‘The Simpsons.’”

Gabriel was ordered to appear back in court for a progress report and restitution hearing this coming April 16.

In April 2013, Gabriel threatened to commit a crime that would have resulted in the death and “great bodily injury” to Harris when Gabriel walked into the restricted outdoor area of the Sheriff’s Station and tampered with propane tanks there, according to a copy of the criminal complaint signed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and obtained by The Signal.

The penal code section describes the felony as: “Anyone who willfully and maliciously breaks, digs up, obstructs, interferes with, removes or injures any pipe or main or hazardous liquid pipeline erected, operated, or maintained for the purpose of transporting, conveying or distributing gas or other hazardous liquids.”

A propane explosion at the Sheriff’s Station in the center of Santa Clarita would have been disastrous, a sheriff’s spokesman said at the time.

The complaint further alleges Harris “was reasonably in sustained fear of his/her safety and the safety of his/her immediate family.”

Prior to the criminal threats incident, Gabriel frequently visited the local sheriff’s station, Deputy Josh Dubin said Tuesday.

When deputies first encountered him around Halloween 2012, Gabriel came to the station unannounced dressed in a full costume — complete with metal claws — resembling horror movie icon Freddy Krueger from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie franchise, Dubin told The Signal in May 2013.

Gabriel, dressed as Krueger, allegedly chased inmates who perform supervised outdoor work at the station, Dubin said at the time.

On Dec. 30, 2012, deputies charged Gabriel with trespassing and refusing to leave private property.

On Friday, Gabriel pleaded no contest to trespassing and was sentenced to two years probation.

In a third and separate incident that occurred on Jan. 8, 2013 deputies arrested Gabriel on suspicion of having committed a robbery.

On Friday, Gabriel pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and was sentenced to four days in jail and three years probation.
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