Prior convicted felon sentenced for cyberstalking, possessing firearm
WILBUR, wash. — A Wilbur man was sentenced today for cyberstalking and related crimes that date back to 2015.
Thomas Roberts, 52, pleaded guilty last June to possessing an unregistered firearm and ammunition, and cyberstalking. A convicted felon, Roberts had been prohibited from possessing firearms. He was sentenced on Thursday to almost 12 years in federal prison, with an additional three years of court supervision.
According to court documents, Roberts’ crimes date back to 2015, when a woman called the Wilbur Police Department saying that she had found two GPS tracking devices on her cars.
The woman had multiple domestic violence no contact orders against Roberts and was scheduled to appear in court the next day to testify about his violation of them.
WPD removed one GPS from the woman’s car and took it to the station, which was burglarized later that night and the GPS taken, along with a taser. The second GPS, still on the woman’s car, was also taken.
A search warrant for both of Roberts’ residences turned up a rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition, as well as a shotgun and several other firearms, 5,500 rounds of ammunition, and evidence of two GPS tracking device purchases.
Police also found evidence that Roberts had been tracking the woman and sending her messages telling her that he knew her location.
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