FRESNO, Calif. —Earl John Velasquez, 23, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to stalking.
According to the plea agreement, between January and June 2018, Velasquez used various cellphones and social media applications to post threatening statements to a woman living in Florida. In addition to his own accounts, Velasquez created a social media account using a fictitious name and also used a relative’s account to send the threatening messages. Among other threats, Velasquez claimed he was planning on shooting up a tattoo parlor in Florida. On April 30, he commented on an Instagram post in which the victim was tagged and said, “I’m going to kill that girl one day.” This conduct caused substantial emotional distress to the victim.