Man who harassed Aurora shooting victims gets probation

Forty-five-year-old Kevin Purfield appears in a Multnomah County courtroom Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Portland, Ore. Purfield plead guilty to making harassing phone calls to family members of the victims in the Aurora shooting. (Ty Nguyen, KOIN 6 News)
Forty-five-year-old Kevin Purfield appears in a Multnomah County courtroom Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Portland, Ore. Purfield plead guilty to making harassing phone calls to family members of the victims in the Aurora shooting. (Ty Nguyen, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Northeast Portland man who plead guilty to harassing the family members of the victims in the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting will serve almost no jail time.

Forty-five-year-old Kevin Purfield was sentenced to one year of probation in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday. Under the terms of his probation, he is to have no contact with victims or family members of the shooting. He is also to have no internet access, unless it is approved by his probation officer or mental health team. Lastly, all his telephone calls will be monitored.

Earlier this week, Purfield plead guilty to one count each of misdemeanor stalking and misdemeanor harassment. Several more counts of stalking and telephonic harassment were dropped as part of a plea deal. He had initially plead not guilty to the charges.

Aurora police first contacted Portland police in late February regarding the harassing behavior. Along with the phone calls, Purfield was reportedly using email and social media to contact family members of the victims in the July 20, 2012, shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

Purfield was arrested by Portland police detectives April 10.

None of the phone calls were threatening, Portland police said, but were annoying and contained vile language. He also allegedly posted videos on YouTube, including one that mentioned that he had spoken to the family members about whether they ever received the bodies of their loved ones.

He will be released from the Multnomah County Detention Center June 11.

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