Out on $250,000 bail, a former UCSB student accused of sending a threatening e-mail to a campus professor returned to court on Friday for his arraignment.
At the arraignment, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Frank J. Ochoa scheduled Arash Shamsian’s trial for June 9. The 27-year-old Shamsian allegedly sent a threatening message to UCSB professor Dr. Khaliju Khan in response to a negative letter of recommendation he received for medical school. In the letter, the professor stated he would “be afraid to ever meet [Shamsian] as a patient.”
Shamsian, who was studying at a medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, allegedly responded to the letter of recommendation with an e-mail that read, “In response to this, I have decided to kill you … I will make sure your family will also suffer.”
University of California Police Dept. detectives arrested Shamsian March 17 at Los Angeles International Airport after he cooperated with the investigation and surrendered to authorities. The suspect was then transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail and booked on felony charges of criminal threats.
Although bail was initially set at $20,000, Judge Joseph Lodge, who presided over Shamsian’s preliminary hearing, increased bail from its original amount to $250,000 after hearing the nature of the threats and determining Shamsian might pose a flight risk.
UCPD initially declared Shamsian a person of interest in late February after the string of threatening messages was connected to his e-mail account.
Correction 08/29/23 8:25 p.m.: A lawyer representing Shamsian informed the Nexus that the case has since been dismissed and expunged from Shamsian’s record.