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Tucson man sentenced to 8 years for stalking woman

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Tucson man sentenced to 8 years for stalking woman

A Tucson man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Monday for stalking a woman across the country for more than 20 years, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Moses Antonio Shepard, 47, was convicted on two counts of interstate stalking Jan. 19, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“Stalking is a serious, potentially life-threatening crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel in a press release. “A stalker not only permanently changes the life of his victim, but he also affects the victim’s family, friends, and co-workers."

Shepard met the victim at a New York City running club in 1992. Although the woman repeatedly asked Shepard to leave her alone, he continued to contact her by phone, mail, email and traveled across country to track her, Solomon said.

On several occasions, Shepard stalked her at home, school and workplace, and sent her threatening emails, Solomon said.

Shepard also harassed the victim's family and traveled to Connecticut in 2007 where he stalked the woman outside her home for two days, Solomon said.

Shephard was sentenced to 100 months in a federal prison. During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson noted the extreme distress caused to the victim and Shepard’s lack of remorse for his crimes. Following his term of imprisonment, Shepard will be on supervised release for three years, Solomon said.

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