Man convicted in Southern California university threat
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who posted videos of himself holding guns and describing a desire to go on a killing rampage at a Southern California university has been found guilty of making criminal threats.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office says David Smith was found guilty Thursday of threatening the private Soka University.
The 40-year-old Smith faces up to three years in state prison at his June 1 sentencing.
Court documents say Smith sent threatening messages to a university spokesman in October, saying he had “nothing to lose” and would “make some examples that no one will forget.”
Sheriff’s officials say Smith then sent a link to a YouTube video showing him in a bathtub with a semi-automatic pistol on his chest speaking about the school.
Smith previously attended the university and worked in its press office.