A person who, for greater than a decade, stalked actor Eva LaRue and threatened to rape and kill her and her daughter was sentenced to greater than three years in federal jail.
James David Rogers, 58, of Heath, Ohio, pleaded responsible in April to 2 counts of mailing threatening communications, one depend of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking, in accordance with a Division of Justice information launch.
He was sentenced Thursday within the U.S. District Court docket for Central California to 40 months in jail.
The stalking went on from March 2007 till his arrest in November 2019. Prosecutors stated Rogers would name LaRue and mail letters to her house that he signed as “Freddie Krueger,” a misspelling of the fictional character within the movie sequence “A Nightmare on Elm Road.”
In a single disturbing handwritten letter, Rogers wrote that he was going to take “revenge” in opposition to the actor and her daughter, who was 5 when the threats started, in accordance with an indictment. In a second letter addressed to LaRue’s daughter, he stated he was going to “stalk” her and make her his “intercourse slave.” He ended the letter by threatening to kill the daughter and LaRue, the indictment says.
In a 3rd letter, in accordance with the indictment, Rogers wrote: “I’m having fun with stalking you. I’m going to instill worry into each a part of your life.”
Prosecutors stated that between March 2007 to June 2015, Rogers mailed about 37 handwritten and typed letters threatening LaRue and her daughter.
He additionally referred to as the college the daughter attended about 18 occasions between Oct. 23 and Nov. 11, 2019, in accordance with the indictment. Throughout at the least three of the calls, he pretended to be the woman’s father and requested if she was on the faculty, the indictment states.
In a single voicemail left on the faculty, Rogers recognized himself as Freddy Krueger and stated he was going to “rape her, molest her, and kill her.”
Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that LaRue and her daughter moved quite a few occasions due to Rogers’ stalking.
“They drove circuitous routes house, slept with weapons close by and had discussions about tips on how to search assist shortly if [Rogers] discovered them and tried to hurt them,” prosecutors stated.
“They tried to anonymize their addresses as a lot as doable by avoiding receiving mail and packages at their precise deal with. To no avail. Every time they moved, [Rogers’] letters — and the victims’ terror — would at all times observe. And [Rogers] knew it.”
An lawyer for Rogers couldn’t instantly be reached on Friday.
LaRue, 55, is greatest recognized for her roles in “All My Kids” and “CSI: Miami.” She’s additionally appeared in a lot of different tv sequence and films together with “The Younger and the Stressed,” “Fuller Home,” and “Lakeview Terrace.”