SALINAS, Calif. - A Salinas man has been sentenced to five years in prison for domestic violence and stalking.
According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, in July 2016, Abel Juan Perez, 19, went to his girlfriend’s home. He told her to get into his car and if she didn’t, he would harm her and her family. Authorities said she complied out of fear. However, during their drive, he slapped her on her face, grabbed her and shook her head. Out of fear, she jumped out of the car as it was driving approximately 55 miles per hour.
After that, he called her more than 130 times, leaving threatening voicemails and text messages. Authorities say he tried to convince her not to call authorities. He was later arrested and pleaded guilty to criminal threats, dissuading a witness, and false imprisonment.
For those crimes, he was sentenced to felony probation and a criminal protective order was issued.
Less than a month later, Perez broke the criminal protective order by getting in contact with the victim. He apparently sent her threatening text messages and left notes and flowers on her car.
He was again arrested and in November pleaded guilty to stalking.
He was sentenced this week to five years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.