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Re: “Internet stalker gets one-year prison sentence in Fayetteville

There's more than meets the eye to this story. I have intimate knowledge of it.

(1) Mr. Hobgood CONDITIONALLY pled guilty. His case will be appealed. He agreed to a deal only because he would have faced a much longer sentence had he risked going to trial. He maintains that he is legally innocent.

(2) He did not admit that the government's assertions were true. Rather, he said that he thought it could prove them to a jury--meaning, if 10 cops lied and he told the truth, he thought it was conceivable that a jury could buy the cops' lies (and there were a number of them).

(3) Even though he was convicted of "stalking," where's the beef? Notice that it isn't said that he was actually stalking anybody. (In fact, the alleged victim was having him stalked. I saw it happen. It cost him his job when he reported what was happening to his employer, which didn't want to be affiliated with such drama.)

(4) From the outset, the alleged victim, Karrie Burgess, defrauded Hobgood into believing she was single and interested in a serious relationship. As it turned out, she was engaged to another man--and romantically seeing numerous other people beyond him even.

(5) Burgess was not allegedly living a double life as a stripper and escort. She WAS. The club she worked at and out of was called Daddy Rabbits, in South Richmond.

(6) Burgess never had a permanent residence in Richmond. She nomadically ventured from place to place, staying with the men she was masquerading with. At the time, her permanent residence was in Philadelphia.

(7) It is not accurate that Burgess alone rebuffed Hobgood. They both rebuffed each other. Hobgood didn't want anything to do with her romantically when he discovered the whole truth about her. He was simply unhappy that Burgess had been playing games with his life, health, and well-being.

(8) Although Hobgood indeed wanted an apology, he never demanded it, per se, or demanded one in person.

(9) Hobgood never said he would not stop contacting Burgess. NEVER. There is no reliable proof of that and, actually, only reliable proof to the contrary. (Unbeknownst to Hobgood, police recorded a conversation with him. They tried to entrap him, but he did not say anything uncivil.)

(10) There was no evidence presented that Burgess was hospitalized. She did not produce such records for the sake of restitution.

(11) Burgess' employer is Walmart, which has an ethics policy that she violated time and again. She made multiple false statements to police, including a denial that she was ever in a relationship with Hobgood and a claim that he had used computer technology to create text messages to make it look like the two of them were in a relationship. Also, and worse, she tried to get law enforcement to believe that Hobgood had drugged and raped her. The allegation contradicted all the evidence and was, according to court documentation, utterly "baseless." So, yeah, Burgess should have been fired. It's pathetically hypocritical that she hasn't been.

(12) Last, Hobgood is a good guy. A prince. I know because I've been one of his roommates for several years. He wouldn't hurt a fly that wasn't hurting anything else. As a woman, I couldn't be more comfortable in the presence of another man. I was at the house when Burgess came to spend the night when she says she was taken advantage of. She claims that she high-tailed it out of there when she realized what had happened. I can tell you, firsthand, that that is one of her many LIES.

The government went after the wrong person here. It turned the villain into the victim and, more upsettingly, the victim into the villain. Justice was NOT served!

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Posted by Mary Jenczewski on 09/13/2016 at 9:52 PM


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