A Cresco man who cyberstalked a Minnesota lady for almost two decades was sentenced on July 30, 2021, to ten a long time in federal prison.
Michael Shawn McGuire, age 58, from Cresco, Iowa, been given the prison sentence following a December 8, 2020 responsible plea to 4 counts of cyberstalking.
Information and facts disclosed at the sentencing and plea hearings confirmed that in the fall of 2017, the sufferer, who was dwelling in Minnesota, achieved McGuire on an on the web courting site. The two dated for about 7 months in advance of the victim broke up with McGuire. At that point, McGuire commenced texting and emailing the sufferer constantly, sending her harassing messages. In the summer season of 2018, the victim received a no-make contact with get prohibiting McGuire from contacting her or everyone in her household. McGuire went on to harass and torment the victim above the program of the up coming about two a long time.
All through that time, McGuire created 5 bogus Facebook profiles. The profiles contained the victim’s title or image and contained sexually explicit messages about the victim. The faux profiles despatched in excess of 80 friend requests to the victim’s buddies and household. McGuire also designed dozens of flyers and property signals, which contained sexually explicit messages, images of the target, and sexually explicit images of females appearing to be the sufferer. The flyers and lawn symptoms contained the victim’s identify, cellphone amount, and address. The flyers ended up sent to dozens of men and women, including the victim’s children, extended household users, neighbors, friends, her employer, a priest, and enterprises she associated with. The garden signs have been still left in several spots in the city the target lived in, such as her employer’s parking large amount, her church garden, and a well known community restaurant. On just one event, McGuire spray painted a sexually explicit message which includes the victim’s title on a enterprise front in the victim’s hometown. On an additional celebration, McGuire texted the target that she must call the law enforcement since he was violating his restraining get, then proceeded to follow the target about town in his motor vehicle. McGuire was arrested for that incident and put in a couple days in a county jail.
At the sentencing listening to, the choose pointed out that McGuire was undeterred by his arrest and continued to stalk and harass the target for a number of months soon after his arrest. In the fall of 2019, investigators searched McGuire’s area of business in Cresco. There, they situated and seized numerous goods, together with pictures of the victim and her loved ones and good friends, her Fb close friends checklist, provides applied to make the flyers and property signs, rubber gloves, and rope.
McGuire was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court docket Decide C.J. Williams. Choose Williams described McGuire’s perform towards the target and her close friends and loved ones as “a sort of psychological torture” and “form of general public terrorism in a way.” McGuire was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a three-12 months phrase of supervised release just after the prison phrase. There is no parole in the federal technique. McGuire must pay $400 to the special evaluation fund, a $15,000 fine, and $17,500 in restitution to the victim.
“Michael McGuire tormented the target for about two years,” stated Acting United States Attorney Sean R. Berry next the sentence. “He will spend the up coming decade in federal jail, guarding the two his target and the general public from his destructive actions. This sentence sends a robust concept to all that this sort of habits will not be tolerated.”
The circumstance was prosecuted by Assistant United States Lawyers Ashley Corkery, Kyndra Lundquist, and Lisa Williams and was investigated by the Kandiyohi County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Office environment, Willmar (Minnesota) Law enforcement Section, Litchfield (Minnesota) Law enforcement Section, Renville (Minnesota) Law enforcement Section, Pipestone County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Business, Kandiyohi County (Minnesota) Community Corrections, Minnesota Bureau of Legal Apprehension, Cresco (Iowa) Police Section, Iowa Division of Legal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Courtroom file information and facts at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The scenario file number is 19-CR-2075.
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