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University of Florida Football Player Arrested for Felony Stalking

chris_rainey_180x120-150x101According to University of Florida’s newspaper The Alligator, a star player for the Gator football team was arrested for felony stalking earlier this week.

Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey, 22, was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated stalking. He was arrested after sending a threatening text message to a young woman he had been dating on and off for the past three years, according to Anthony Chiang, an Alligator staff writer.

The text message read, “Time to die bitch.”

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office representative has stated that Rainey has been released from custody after making his first court appearance on closed circuit television. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman and is required to b home from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the case’s progress. The only exceptions would be for work or school functions.

The woman has asked to drop the charges, saying that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, but the state attorney’s office is continuing to investigate the issue.

The incident started when Rainey sent a text saying, “You don’t care about me,” to the woman after she didn’t answer his phone call. She responded by telling him to go to bed and leave her alone, according to Chiang.

Rainey then appeared at the woman’s house and continued to call and text her until she threatened to call the police. He then sent the “time to die bitch” text message. She immediately notified the authorities.

When police arrived, she told Rainey that officers wanted to talk to him. He replied, “Wait and see what happens when they leave,” the report states.

Florida Law

According to Florida Statute 784.048:

Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person, and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury of the person, or the person’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, or dependent, commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.

Aggravated Stalking defense

If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated stalking, or any other serious crimes, the best choice is to contact a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer is the best person to have on your side in these situations.

Rainey was represented by a public defender for his first appearance, which may hinder the outcome of his case. A criminal defense lawyer will make sure to investigate every detail of your case, and help you build a strong defense that will lessen your charges and hopefully improve the outcome of your case.

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