Cyberstalker sent to jail for 10 months

A man guilty of harassing a South Whidbey woman through social media was recently sentenced to jail.

James L. Mathis pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court last week to cyberstalking, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

The judge sentenced him to 10 months in jail.

The victim in the case said that Mathis, her ex-boyfriend, was continually violating a no-contact order by sending her messages via Facebook and email.

The woman said Mathis, a Coupeville resident, had “escalated.” Mathis sent her multiple Facebook messages. In one, he wrote that he had nothing to lose and “BANG BANG BANG.” Law enforcement has several other cases pending regarding Mathis violating the court order, the deputy wrote.

The woman blocked Mathis on Facebook, but he would just create new accounts and continue to send messages.

Later, police went to Mathis’ home to arrest him on a bench warrant and found he had two handguns and a plastic bag of meth. Mathis had been ordered by a court not to possess firearms.

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