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Man gets probation for threatening UA professor

TUCSON, Ariz. - A man has been sentenced to one year of supervised probation for making death threats against a University of Arizona professor.

Pima County prosecutors say 60-year-old Randall Leon Thompson pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of using a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass. Two charges of threatening or intimidating and one of assault were dismissed.

The charges stem from three voicemails left by Thompson in May 2011 at Roberto Rodriguez's office.

The Arizona Daily Star says the profanity-laced messages included threats to shoot Rodriguez and made references to sending him back to Mexico.

Rodriguez says he doesn't know Thompson, nor does he know why Thompson targeted him though he suspects it had to do with his support for Mexican American Studies. Rodriguez teaches that course at UA.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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