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Bakersfield man enters guilty plea in stalking case

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A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty to cyberstalking in federal court on Monday.

Earl John Velasquez, 23, used various cellphones and social media platforms to post threatening statements to a woman in Florida between January and June 2018, according to a news release from the Department of Justice and the Office of the United States Attorney.

Velasquez created a social media account under a fictitious name and used a relative’s account to send threatening messages. On April 30, he commented on an Instagram post in which the victim was tagged and wrote, “I’m going to kill that girl one day,” according to court documents.

Velasquez is scheduled to be sentenced May 6 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence will be determined by the court.

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