A federal judge sentenced Texan Eric Swarbrick to 30 months in prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to persecution and sending threatening letters and emails to Taylor Swift’s former label Big Machine Records in Nashville, Tennessee.
Swarbrick received the sentence, which includes three years of supervised release, during a hearing in Nashville, but the terms were agreed by prosecutors in a prayer agreement Swarbrick entered into in 2019.
Big Machine Records began receiving letters from Swarbrick in January 2018 asking CEO Scott Borchetta to introduce him to Swift, according to the complaint.
Swarbrick sent at least 40 letters and emails, which became more and more violent and sexual.
He drove from his home in Austin, Texas, to Nashville to personally deliver the letters at least three times and wandered around halls, including on August 2, when he was arrested by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
Swarbrick continued to contact Big Machine Records after he was released, expressing his desire to rape and kill Swift and saying he would kill himself in front of Borchetta and his staff.
“My fear of violence continues in my personal life. I wear QuikClot bandage bandage that is intended for shots or stab wounds, ”Swift wrote in a 2019 essay for She. Websites and tabloids have undertaken to send all the home addresses I have ever had online. You get enough pursuers trying to break into your house and you start preparing for bad things. ”
Texas man sentenced to prison for persecuting Taylor Swift (AP News)
Texas man faces federal charges after threatening letters sent to Taylor Swift’s record company (US Attorney’s Office Middle District of Tennessee)