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***STALKING CASE – READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***
BLOG POST #248: Bad Break-up
Unless you married your high school sweetheart, we’ve all had a bad break-up. As you feel your world is crumbling around you most people, over-indulge in adult beverages or ice cream. Not this man. He wanted one thing—vengeance.
After the break-up with his long-time girlfriend, which seems safe to assume ‘she’ broke-up with him, he stole a truck and then used it to ram the vehicle his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend were in. One can only guess as to the outcome he hoped for.
Over the course of a few years—yes, years—he tried several illegal methods to terrorize his ex-girlfriend, eventually being indicted for many crimes.
At his first sentencing, a court found him guilty of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and unlawful transport of stolen goods. A judge sentenced him to two years in federal prison.
While in prison, he called his father—from a prison phone where conversations are always recorded—and asked him to destroy and dispose of some evidence. A month later, he wrote his father a letter requesting the same.
More than a year after his first trial, he went on trial again. A jury found him guilty on the following crimes:
- Interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle
- Stalking (two counts)
- Interstate domestic violence (two counts)
- Possession of unregistered destructive devices (pipe bombs) (two counts)
- Being a prohibited person in possession of explosives (two counts)
- Fraudulent use of a means of identification of another person
- Malicious use of explosives
- Possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence
- Carrying explosive materials during commission of a federal felony
- Tampering with a witness
- Obstruction of official proceedings
The scorned lover had to wait six more months to learn his sentence. At the sentencing, the United States Attorney said,
[The ex-boyfriend] is a violent, dangerous stalker who, for years, subjected a good woman to his own personal reign of terror.”
The judge sentenced him to 50 years in federal prison.
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Source: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Quad-City Times
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