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TO ex-candidate convicted on murder threats

A former Thousand Oaks City Council candidate was sentenced to prison Monday for making criminal threats.

May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former Thousand Oaks City Council candidate was sentenced to six years and four months in prison Monday for making criminal threats.

Daniel Avila was convicted of six counts of making criminal threats and six counts of threatening public officials on April 4 in Ventura County Superior Court, according to the California Dept. of Justice.

Avila was charged, convicted and served time for hacking into the Verizon wireless system while he was running for city council in 2004. He sent thousands of phony text messages in early-morning hours to residents purporting to be a fellow candidate. Avila was convicted of charges of computer fraud and identity theft.

While incarcerated on those charges in 2008, Avila called and threatened to kill a prosecutor. He also wrote letters to five female prosecutors with threats of rape and murder.

Avila has served time in two mental hospitals during his continuing incarceration, which has been ongoing since March 2006.

With time served, Avila is slated to serve another than five and a half years in prison.