UPDATE: Man sentenced for threatening former Taft police chief

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UPDATE (6/17): Edwards was sentenced Thursday to time served and felony probation, and must follow other terms of his plea agreement.

UPDATE (5/21): Edwards on Friday pleaded no contest to threatening the life of or serious bodily harm to a public official, according to court records. A charge of making terroristic threats was dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kinzel said the following about Edwards’ case:

“He will be placed on felony probation; by the time of sentencing he will have credit for time served. There is a 10-year protective order and mental health terms of probation.”

Kinzel added that Edwards has a hold from a state hospital in another county’s case. He expects Edwards will be transported to the hospital after sentencing for that case to be resolved.

Sentencing is scheduled June 17.

TAFT, Calif. (KGET) — A man faces two felonies in connection with threatening to “execute” former Taft police chief and current city council member Ed Whiting, court filings say.

Asher Jonathan Edwards, 39, is held without bail following his arrest in March on charges of making terroristic threats and threatening a public official, according to the Superior Court website.

Whiting contacted police in June of last year to report a Facebook post from a person identifying himself as Edwards, Taft police say in a court filing. Whiting provided police with a screenshot of the post.

It read, “Taft residents, tell ex police chief Whiting we know he is a deep state agent and I will be executing him for treason very soon,” according to the filing.

A records check indicated Edwards lived in Taft, but his brother told police Edwards had moved to Northern California.

The brother said Edwards suffers from mental illness and rants about public officials, including the president, the filing says.

Whiting told police he could not recall ever having contact with Edwards.

A trial is scheduled June 1.

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