Man accused of stalking Twin Cities radio host pleads guilty

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A man pleaded guilty to felony stalking and terroristic threats in a case involving Minnesota Public Radio host Mary Lucia.

Patrick Henry Kelly, 56, of Eden Prairie, said in court Monday he takes "full responsibility" for the crimes he committed, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office news release says.

Kelly will be held in jail without bail until his Oct. 13 sentencing hearing. The judge has also ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a mental health exam.

This past spring, Lucia announced she was stepping away from the microphone, revealing in a letter posted by The Current she had been stalked for a year.

Lucia filed a restraining order against Kelly in July 2014, and on Monday Kelly admitted to contacting her against the conditions of the order. He said he left a note, a bottle of wine and a candle at her home on Aug. 12, 2014, and also admitted to leaving other letters and a bouquet of flowers at her home that month.

In a second spate of incidents, which happened this year, Kelly was accused of sending Lucia's coworkers LinkedIn requests. Kelly said Monday they were not intentionally sent – which the judge said he understands can happen. Kelly also admitted to leaving her flowers and an envelope signed by him on June 20 and acknowledged that, given prior actions, she would probably consider his actions a terroristic threat, the release says.

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