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Man pleads guilty to harassing Flagstaff mayor

FLAGSTAFF – A Flagstaff man arrested in connection with threatening phone calls to the mayor and her staff pleaded guilty in Superior Court Aug. 3 to a charge of aggravated harassment.

Court papers show 41-year-old Douglas S. Kytonen faces up to three years probation and has the possibility of getting the class 6 felony dropped to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation.

In April, Kytonen left phone messages with Mayor Sara Presler’s assistant saying he had planted a bomb at City Hall. The bomb squad was called out, but technicians found nothing.

The mayor had previously retained an injunction against harassment on Kytonen because he had made earlier threats against her.

Kytonen’s attorney Ted Reed explained to Judge Mark Moran that Kytonen made the calls in an attempt to get help with receiving Social Security benefits.

Kytonen faces sentencing Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.

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