Valley Center

Robert Lee Bell of Valley Center, convicted on 14 counts of making threatening or annoying phone calls to a sheriff's deputy and a psychologist, was sentenced Friday to serve eight months in County Jail.

Judge Robert J. Stahl Jr. of San Diego Municipal Court ordered Bell not to have any direct contact with the men, San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Jon Christiansen and Escondido psychologist Lee McGough.

McGough told authorities that Bell, a gun collector who has undergone psychiatric treatment, had vowed to make the San Ysidro massacre look like "a walk through a rose garden."

Bell faced a maximum penalty on the telephone charges of seven years in jail and a $7,000 fine and could have received additional jail time for violating an earlier probation.

He will remain free pending an appeal of his conviction.

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