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Former Oceanside police officer on probation for threats

OCEANSIDE — A former Oceanside police officer was placed on probation June 30 for threatening his ex-wife with a loaded hand gun.
Randy Judd, 50, received three years of probation relating to the Feb. 14 altercation with his ex-wife in which he broke into her North County home then pointed a gun at her head and told her he was going to kill her.
Judd, who has been in jail since his arrest in February, pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of making criminal threats in connection to the incident. Immediately following the altercation, Judd checked himself into a mental health facility.
If he had been convicted by a jury for the aforementioned charge, he could have faced up to three years in state prison.
As part of his sentence, Judd was also ordered to enter a residential alcohol treatment program and enroll in a 52-week domestic violence class.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said he felt the judge’s sentence was appropriate, and that it was what Judd’s ex-wife had requested. “She felt that it was in her best interest to have Randy get probation and treatment rather than simply go to prison, get released in a few years, and then be untreated where he would be more of a danger to her,” Watanabe said.
“He has led, prior to this incident, a law abiding, productive life and had a very good career as an Oceanside police officer, so he should get some credit for that,” Watanabe said.
However, the prosecutor said Judd didn’t get any special treatment because he was a police officer. “With all criminal defendants, we look at their work history and their contribution to society and take that into account,” he said.
A 16-year veteran with the Oceanside Police Department, Judd was named Officer of the Year in 1999 by the department. Prior to their divorce in 2008, Judd’s ex- wife, who was not injured during the altercation, had filed a temporary restraining order against the distinguished officer.
Judd, who lost his job with the department in 2008, had filed a lawsuit against his former employer for wrongful termination; however, in May he withdrew his claim.