Bad Break-up

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BLOG POST #248: Bad Break-upBLOG 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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