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Posted by Fay Arfa | Nov 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former student is scheduled to be arraigned today for threatening a mass shooting at Soka University (Soka) in Aliso Viejo on YouTube and in emails to a staff member.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
David Kenneth Smith, 39, Los Angeles Charged today with:
  • One felony count of criminal threats
Three years in state prison Arraignment

Nov. 6, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Bail: $1 million

Circumstances of the Case

  • Smith is a former student at Soka who is accused of posting videos on YouTube while holding firearms, praising the perpetrators of recent mass shootings, and discussing the possibility of carrying out an attack at the university.
  • On Oct. 31, 2017, Smith is accused of sending emails to a staff member at Soka that and threatened violence on the campus and included a link to one of his videos.
  • The staff member reported the messages and the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) investigated this case.
  • OCSD arrested Smith at his Los Angeles apartment on Nov. 2, 2017. Smith is accused of possessing nine loaded firearms at the time of his arrest.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Brett Brian, Special Prosecutions Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17HF1442 / November 6, 2017

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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