On March 28, a Colorado man who was convicted on stalking and harassment charges was sentenced to four years in prison. According to the report, the Eagle County jury had deliberated for just nine minutes before convicting him.

The man was reportedly living in a storage unit in Basalt when he began leaving texts and voicemails on a woman’s phone. These voicemails and texts were often threatening and full of profanity. It was said that he began the harassment after she broke up with him when he became abusive six months into their relationship. After he had become physical with her, the woman went to the police station where he called again. She put him on speakerphone, allowing the police officer to hear him threaten her. The man was taken into custody shortly after.

Before the case came to trial, the man fired three different court-appointed attorneys and refused representation from a fourth. He claimed that the attorneys were “ineffective,” so he ended up representing himself. His cross-examination reportedly only lasted 58 seconds. He also did not provide a closing argument. Following the decision, the man said that he would appeal the conviction as he felt he had not broken any state laws.

Being charged with harassment can have a major impact on a person’s personal life and even career. For example, is a person is convicted for stalking or telephone harassment, he or she could face a prison sentence or be required to follow the conditions of a restraining order. A criminal law attorney may review the evidence against the accused person to determine if the evidence was legally obtained and to provide a defense against the accusations.

Source: Aspen Times, “Shortest jury deliberation nets longest possible sentence in stalking, assault case“, Randy Wyrick, 03/28/2018