Theater shooting stalker in Portland gets probation, not to use internet

Posted: Jun 07, 2013 1:53 PM PDT <em class="wnDate">Friday, June 7, 2013 4:53 PM EST</em>Updated: Jun 07, 2013 2:02 PM PDT <em class="wnDate">Friday, June 7, 2013 5:02 PM EST</em> By Paul Craig - email

Kevin Purfield in court

Kevin Purfield, image from YouTube video

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Portland man guilty of stalking victims of the July 2012 mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater was sentenced to probation Friday.

Kevin Purfield pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of misdemeanor stalking and telephonic harassment.
Purfield was arrested in April in northeast Portland. Colorado officers contacted Portland police detectives two months earlier regarding unwanted phone calls, emails and social media contacts made to family members of the theater shooting that killed 12 people and injured dozens more during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
Investigators said Purfield didn't make any threats, but the contacts were considered "unwanted and annoying," including the use of vile language. He also posted a series of videos on YouTube about the shootings in Colorado and Newtown, CT.

He was sentenced Friday to one year formal probation and ordered to have no contact with any of the victims or their families.
He is also not to have access to the internet, except as allowed by his probation officer.