One of two pranksters accused of making fake 911 calls about a domestic violence murder, a double shooting and a potential suicide pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that could land him up to three years in jail.
Michael Randy Sumolang, 28, of Torrance, is facing one felony count of conspiracy to commit the crime of false report of an emergency.
Co-defendant Corey Ennis Jackson, 29, of Gardena, pleaded not guilty to the same charge on March 14.
The pair are due back in court on May 3, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Prosecutors allege Jackson and Sumolang called 911 at least nine times to report fake crimes ranging from a domestic violence murder to a double shooting in Gardena. The calls were made between July 1 and Feb. 21, according to authorities.
In a 911 call on Feb. 21, Sumolang alleged claimed to be suicidal with a gun in his mouth and threatened to crash into a California Highway Patrol vehicle.
If convicted as charged, each of the two men could face up to three years in jail.
— City News Service
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