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Local News in Brief : Gang Member Gets Year for Death Threat

A 19-year-old gang member has been sentenced to one year in County Jail for pointing a pistol at another teen-ager and threatening to kill him in retaliation for quitting the gang.

Municipal Court Commissioner Barry Kohn imposed the sentence on Reginald B. Epps, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and admitted violating his probation from three previous convictions. Kohn also placed Epps on three years’ probation, during which time he is banned from associating with gang members.

City Atty. James K. Hahn said Epps confronted a 15-year-old youth Aug. 29 in front of the victim’s home, pulled a loaded pistol from his pocket and threatened to kill him because he had quit their South-Central Los Angeles gang.


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