HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a former attorney has pleaded to threatening a neighbor and passerby with a pellet rifle from his Hollywood apartment in 2017.
Steven Gregory Kaplan, aka Sebastian Kane, 56, pleaded no contest on Tuesday, November 6 to two felony counts of criminal threats, according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman. Kaplan was originally facing three felony counts of criminal threats and one felony count of vandalism over $400. The defendant also smashed windows in the apartment during the incident.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold immediately sentenced Kaplan to a suspended prison sentence of three years and four years of probation. Kaplan is required to undergo regular drug testing and attend anger management classes as part of the negotiated plea agreement. He participated in a live-in drug and alcohol treatment program prior to the plea.
On March 31, 2017, Kaplan threatened to kill another tenant while she was in the pool area of an apartment building in the 1500 block of North Vine Street. Later in the day, Kaplan pointed the gun at pedestrians walking on the sidewalk below his apartment. He was arrested following a six-hour standoff with authorities. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Station.