MALIBU—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office revealed that Jason Michael Kozup, 36, of Colorado was sentenced to eight years and four months in state prison on Tuesday, October 30 for threatening to kill Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies.
On September 20, a jury found Kozup guilty of 14 counts of criminal threats, three counts of vandalism over $400 and one count each of stalking and attempted extortion. Kozup who has been in custody since May 2015 received almost seven years of credit to his total sentence.
Deputy District Attorney Ranna Jahanshahi indicated that Kozup called the Lost Hills sheriff’s station and made numerous threats to kill a captain there in 2015. According to testimony during the 19-day trial, Kozup made threats by phone, including: “There’s a total of seven officers that are lined up this weekend for full execution.”
He rented a car and drove from his home in Colorado to California and vandalized three vehicles at a home he believed to be the captain’s residence, the prosecutor noted. One of the cars was owned by an FBI special agent and two were owned by the FBI.
The defendant threatened to harm the captain’s family unless payment was sent to him. Kozup was apprehended by the FBI Fugitive Task Force less than two hours after his last recorded threat to the Lost Hills Station.
According to evidence presented at trial, Kozup and the victim, who is now retired, did not know each other. Several out-of-state witnesses from various law enforcement agencies were flown in to testify in the case.