- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused of stalking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio last year will serve six months in jail.

The Sheriff’s Office said Friday that 43-year-old Ruben Pena Jr. was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of attempted stalking and one count of a hoax. He also received three years’ probation.

According to investigators, Pena went to MCSO headquarters on Dec. 8, 2015 and requested to speak to the sheriff regarding an identification issue.

Authorities say his request wasn’t completed in a timely manner and he allegedly threatened to harm Arpaio.

They say he also wrote two letters a week later that prompted a bomb sweep of a downtown Phoenix hotel.

Sheriff’s investigators determined Pena had been at MCSO headquarters several other times making threatening statements against Arpaio.

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