Man enters plea in threat against Calif. lawmaker

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Updated: 10/28/2013 8:27 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Clara engineer charged with threatening a state lawmaker has pleaded no contest to seven felony and three misdemeanor charges.

Everett Basham faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on charges including an attempted terrorist threat, illegal possession of handguns and assault weapons, forgery and possession of destructive devices.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office says the 46-year-old engineer entered the plea Monday under a deal in which several charges were reduced or dismissed.

Prosecutors say Basham was upset with a bill introduced by Sen. Leland Yee that would have limited the rapid reloading of assault weapons.

Basham sent Yee an email threatening to use his sniper skills to assassinate the San Francisco Democrat while hiding in the shadows of the state Capitol.

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