Stephani Renae Lawson, 25, told police time and time again about the threatening messages her ex-boyfriend was sending her on Facebook. She said he was stalking her and repeatedly threatened to kill her, violating a restraining order she had against him. However, after investigating more closely, police determined she was the one sending herself the messages. Now she’ll be spending the next year in jail.
Lawson was living in Orange County, California at the time. Police say she created a fake Facebook profile in her ex-boyfriend’s name and began sending herself the threatening messages in order to create a world of trouble for him. It did. From September to December, 2015, he was arrested four times after she filed multiple police reports with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department against him, showing them the fake messages she had created as proof.
Two days ahead of her ex-boyfriend’s preliminary hearing on May 5, she sent herself more threatening messages. At the hearing, she testified against her ex, however, what she said on the witness stand didn’t sit right with investigators. They began a follow-up investigation and traced the threatening Facebook activity back to Lawson’s personal devices and home IP address. Her boyfriend had been the true victim.
Lawson was arrested on September 28 in Las Vegas, where she now resides. She was convicted in an Orange Country court of one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud or deceit, and one felony count of perjury. Officials Wednesday sentenced her to one year in prison.
Photo: Orange County District Attorney's Office
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