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Bakersfield man pleads guilty to cyberstalking Florida woman

Posted at 3:57 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 18:57:49-05

FRESNO, Calif. — A 23-year-old Bakersfield man plead guilty on Monday to cyberstalking according to the Department of Justice.

According to the plea agreement, Earl John Velasquez used cellphones and social media applications to post threatening statements to a woman living in Florida between January and June 2018.

The plea agreement also showed that in addition to his own accounts, Velasquez also created fictitious social media accounts and used a relative's account to send threatening messages. He also claimed among other threats that he was planning on shooting up a tattoo parlor in Florida as well as threatened to kill the victim.

Velasquez is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6, 2019 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.