Woman jailed for sending herself threat messages

A woman has been given a jail sentence after she posed as her ex-boyfriend and sent death threats to herself.

Stephani Renae Lawson created Facebook profiles to send eight messages pretending they were from Tyler Parkervest.

She’s now been jailed for a year after she was caught out by police in Orange County, California.

Parkervest had been arrested and was actually due to stand trial, but prosecutors found there were holes in the case.

He was cleared of four charges of stalking, threatening, kidnapping and battering, according to the New York Daily news.

The messages she sent to herself included threats to kill herself and beat herself up after the couple broke up.

She lied to police and they arrested Mr Parkervest with police treating him like a criminal right up to trial.

Lawson’s case fell apart when police realised IP addresses of the messages came from devices belonging to her.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller said: ‘One of my DA colleagues looked at it and said “It doesn’t look right” and that triggered in our mind “Maybe we need to look into this further”.’

She was arrested for false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and one felony count of perjury. Initially she denied the charges but changed her plea at the last moment.

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