SAN FERNANDO (CNS) - A former YaleUniversity student who drew the attention of law enforcement by referencing the Colorado theater massacre in a website posting in which he allegedly wrote that he was “watching kids and did not mind murdering them” was sentenced today to three years probation.

Eric Ting Yee, 22, of Valencia, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of possession of an H&K M-94 assault weapon. Because Yee hadn't threatened a specific individual, prosecutors chose to pursue the weapons charge rather than charges related to making criminal threats.

After Yee entered his plea in open court, San Fernando Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash ordered him to complete three years of probation, 60 days of labor for Caltrans and an eight-hour program designed by the Museum of Tolerance.

Yee was also ordered to continue mental health counseling, but the judge did not specify for how long, according to Deputy District Attorney Ruby Arias.   

The assault rifle was destroyed and Yee was barred from owning or being in possession of any firearm.

Yee's father, Roger Manfoo Yee, 63, pleaded no contest today to misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon. He was sentenced to three years summary probation, which involves less intensive supervision, and was barred from owning or possessing a firearm.

The younger Yee was arrested Sept. 17 at his parents' home in the 23000 block of

Edenton Place
, which overlooks Santa Clarita Elementary School and ArroyoSecoJunior High School, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies said they were notified about Yee's website post by police in Bristol, Conn., where ESPN is headquartered.

“The Internet service providers at one of the ESPN sites were very good and acted diligently in contacting police,” according to Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Sheriff's Lt. Steven Low said the “blogger mentioned that it would be like the Aurora, Colo., shooting” in which 12 people were killed when James Holmes opened fire during a July 20 showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Yee allegedly made the posting in response to an ESPN story Sept. 13 about some $279 Nike shoes named for basketball star LeBron James.

An ESPN spokesman said the story generated some 3,000 comments, some of which mentioned the possibility of children being killed over the pricey shoes.