Post Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:17 pm

unrelenting stalker gets 11 years

Damn hope this will stop him now WTF :shock:

Las Cruces Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Stalking

By Ashley Meeks / Las Cruces Sun-Newson Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

LAS CRUCES — A Las Cruces judge has handed down the maximum sentence for a 44-year-old felon convicted of stalking a woman who had been his victim in 2008.

State District Court Judge Fernando Macias sentenced Jose Angel Rodriguez to 11 years in prison for aggravated stalking on Tuesday.

While in prison for his first conviction on charges of stalking and breaking and entering, Rodriguez began writing threatening letters to his victim, said District Attorney Amy Orlando. When the victim notified the Department of Corrections and victim advocates with the District Attorney’s Office, the prisons withdrew Rodriguez’s letter-writing privileges. But Rodriguez was able to obtain names and prisoner numbers from other inmates, and used those to send the victim another letter.

Despite violating the victim’s permanent order of protection, Rodriguez was freed on parole and between June 2009 and March 2010, from his father’s home in Stafford, Va., he made 11 threatening calls to the victim, which she didn’t answer and made certain to record.

Rodriguez was again arrested on charges of aggravated stalking, but while awaiting extradition to New Mexico, he called the victim six more times from the Dickenson County Jail in Pound, Va.

A jury convicted Rodriguez in February, but sentencing was delayed as the court considered whether to allow Rodriguez’s three prior felony convictions to enhance his prison time under habitual offender statute; Macias ruled they could be, resulting in eight years of the sentence.

Orlando commended the victim and the “diligence and hard work” of Las Cruces Police Department Det. Fred Upshaw, who investigated the case. The victim “showed incredible resiliency and determination not to be a victim that ignored this continued stalking behavior, and she was strong enough to demand LCPD and the DA’s office’s help in proving this case,” Orlando said.

“I am extremely proud of this woman’s determination to hold a dangerous person accountable,” she said, “something that the walls of prison, the rules of parole and 2000 miles could not do.”