Pacificaman accused of online death threats

A man may go to court for allegedly posting a death threat against a Pacifica police officer on Craigslist, two months after the police officer arrested the man on suspicion of public drunkenness.

Stephen Young, 36, of Pacifica, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of threatening a police officer. If convicted on both counts, Young could be sentenced to a prison term of three years, Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said. Young was in court Tuesday where a judge set his jury trial date for July 9.

Prosecutors said that on April 29, Young, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, went on Craigslist and reportedly posted a threat under the Web site’s Rants and Raves section. The message stated that the suspect wanted to “shoot to death” the officer and “blow his f—ing head off.”

Young was allegedly referring to Cpl. Steve Sheldon, who arrested Young on suspicion of public drunkenness in February.

Young was arrested and later acknowledged authorship of the postings to Pacifica police, prosecutors said. Young said he was under the influence of alcohol and was blowing off steam.

Young’s attorney did not return calls for comment. He is in custody on $200,000 bail.

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