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Man convicted of threatening coach

Del Oro's Taylor relieved to have stalker behind bars
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Del Oro High football coach Casey Taylor is resting a little easier after a man who had made threats against the coach was handed a six-month jail sentence. Dennis Blaine McLin, 66, was given five years probation and ordered to take anger management classes for one year by Placer Country Superior Court Judge Mark S. Curry on April 1. McLin was given credit for having served 19 days of jail time and is being allowed to serve the remainder of his jail sentence through house arrest in Nevada where he lives, with electronic monitoring. McLin was angry because players at the school continue to wear a jersey number that had reportedly been retired in 1961. McLin, a Del Oro graduate, attended a Golden Eagles’ game in 2008 and realized players were wearing the number of his former football teammate. Prosecutor Garen Horst of the Placer County District Attorney’s office said McLin first made threats toward Taylor in December of 2009. In a profanity-laced message left on Taylor’s answering machine, McLin said, “I am after you,” among other threats to harm Taylor. McLin again threatened Taylor in February of 2010. Two days later, a Placer County Sheriff’s detective contacted McLin, who lives in Nevada, and a warrant was subsequently issued for McLin’s arrest on the charges of stalking and making criminal threats. Taylor said McLin began antagonizing him in 2008 and escalated the next year as the Golden Eagles were preparing for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game. “But by December , 2009 they really got bad,” Taylor said in a press release from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office issued Wednesday afternoon. “He started telling me to watch my back. In the section championship game, I had to get five security people to be around me during the whole game. We didn’t know if (McLin) went to the game, but he had said he would be there to ‘take me out.’” Del Oro defeated Oakdale 21-0 to win the 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title. It was the second section crown for the Eagles under Taylor, who took over the Del Oro program in 2002. The Eagles have played in five section title games since 2004. The arrest brought relief to Del Oro supporters in and around Loomis. “I wouldn’t want to go through that harassment,” said Jim Siarwalt, who lives near the Del Oro campus. “I feel that a person like (McLin) needs to make a public apology.” Del Oro senior Morgan Lillibridge, 18, said she had a weight training class with Taylor, who is a P.E. teacher at the school. “I respect him as a person and as a teacher,“ Lillibridge said of Taylor. “I have faith he would do everything in his power to protect the players he coaches, and the school. It was never his intent to offend anybody.” Horst said McLin was convicted on two occasions of felony charges of resisting peace officers in the 1990s. Among the conditions imposed by Curry are that McLin must have no further contact with Taylor or Del Oro High School. He also cannot possess deadly weapons and must subject to searches of his home or self upon requests by peace officers. Gold Country News Service’s Martha Garcia contributed to this report.