Calif. man gets probation for mailing rat poison

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a California man to five years of probation for sending envelopes of rat poison to Los Angeles County child welfare officials in a fit of anger over the handling of his nephew's case in the 1990s.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Judge Howard Matz on Wednesday also ordered Martin Yarbrough Jr. to undergo mental health treatment and barred him from possessing dangerous weapons.

Yarbrough, 50, pleaded guilty last year to 13 counts of mailing injurious materials for sending envelopes containing rat and cockroach poison to offices of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Edelman Children's Court from 2008 to 2010.

No one was harmed, but discovery of the poison caused the buildings to be evacuated and hazardous materials teams to be dispatched.


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