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Nov 1, 2010 8:27 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Probation for man who threatened doctor's family

DENVER (AP) - A Washington state man has been sentenced to five years' probation for threatening the family of a Colorado abortion doctor shortly after a Kansas abortion doctor was murdered.

Donald Hertz of Spokane, Wash., was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in July.

Hertz was accused of threatening the family of Dr. Warren Hern of Boulder. Hern is believed to be the only U.S. doctor who publicly acknowledges that he performs late-term abortions.

Prosecutors say Hertz threatened Hern's family less than three weeks after Dr. George Tiller, who also performed late-term abortions, was shot and killed in his Wichita church in May 2009. Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder pleaded guilty to murder in that case and is serving life without parole.

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