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October 21, 2014: El Camino College Student Charged With Criminal Threats

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An El Camino College student was charged today with making criminal threats after allegedly threatening to kill a school administrator, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

James Gustavo Lemus (dob 5/10/79) faces one felony count of criminal threats in case YA091424. 

Deputy District Attorney Patrick O’Crowley said Lemus pleaded not guilty today and is due back on Nov. 4 in Department 3 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch. 

On Sept. 30, Lemus threatened to kill Dr. Francisco Arce and other college administrators, prosecutors said. 

Bail was set at more than $1 million. 

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of three years in state prison. 

The case remains under investigation by the El Camino College Police Department.