A man, from Austin, Texas, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to stalking pop sensation Taylor Swift since 2016.
Eric Swarbrick was given the sentence in Nashville, Tennessee yesterday (September 16), according to records filed in federal court. The sentence includes three years of supervised release, which prosecutors agreed on in a plea agreement Swarbrick entered in 2019.
Swarbrick began stalking Swift back in 2016, sending over 40 threatening letters and emails to her former record label, Big Machine on numerous occasions – even driving from Austin to Nashville, on three occasions, to hand-deliver the letters.
Many of Swarbrick’s letters including requests to meet the singer but over time as his requests were ignored the correspondence became increasingly violent and threatening.
The messages included threats to “rape” and “kill” her which led the singer to take out a restraining order against Swarbrick back in 2018.
Swarbrick even threatened to kill himself in front of her label’s CEO and staff.
Last year, in an essay she penned for Elle magazine, Swift expressed her concerns over her safety saying: “My fear of violence has continued into my personal life”.
“I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online”.
Adding: “You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things”.
In just one month back in April 2018, a stalker was arrested after breaking into Swift’s New York townhouse, with another man arrested outside the star’s Beverly Hills residence. Meanwhile, another man who threatened to kill the star was sentenced to 10 years on probation.
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