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Man pleads guilty to making threats against a Park Ranger in Towsley Canyon

Posted: January 23, 2013 4:58 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2013 4:58 p.m.

Los Angeles, January 23, 2013 - On Oct. 13, 2011, a Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA) Park Ranger issued a parking citation at Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon in Santa Clarita to Derrick J. Alfoldy (41) for parking illegally on the side of the road. A few minutes after the citation, the voice mail system at Ed Davis Park received a threatening voice mail message.

The caller stated, “You tell Ranger X (name withheld) that he is going to die soon." The Park Ranger had only issued 2 citations in the last month, one of which was a personal contact, so the connection between the parking citation and the threat incident was made.

L.A. County Sheriffs were contacted. MRCA took the lead in the investigation and were issued a search warrant including phone records. MRCA filed criminal charges with the D.A. The case was heard January 22 in Superior Court in Santa Clarita.

Derrick J. Alfoldy pleaded guilty to 422(a), threating to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device. As a result of his guilty plea, Derrick J. Alfoldy he was sentenced to the following:

20 days Community LABOR (not service)36 months’ probation He cannot own or possess any firearm (he currently owns several firearms)26 Anger management sessions (which he must pay for)Pay all Court fines, penalties and assessmentsStay at least 100 yards from the RangerStay at least 100 yards from Towsley Canyon Park

Chief Ranger Fernando Gomez said: “The MRCA takes threats seriously and will prosecute to full extent of the law. This conviction is particularly satisfying as in the past Mr Alfoldy has applied for various state licenses, such as running an elder care facility, and has been in background with several police agencies. This should put an end to his goal of being in a position of authority over others.”

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