Everyone fears he crazy ex but this is too much. Derrick Penson, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for using a fake profile of his ex-boyfriend to send himself threatening messages, and then reporting him to the police.
Penson and his ex-boyfriend (whom the district attorney referred to as “John Doe”) lived together for six months in his grandparents’ house before his grandma kicked him out for beating him up, the Register reports. Shortly thereafter, before September 2015, Penson created a Facebook account falsely depicting his ex, and began sending himself threatening messages.
As Penson began to file several reports with the police, his ex was arrested four times between September and December 2015, and charged with “multiple felonies,” according to a release by the district attorney’s office. His bail was set at $200,000 in December, and his grandparents put their house up as collateral to cover it.
But Penson didn’t stop there. On May 3 and May 4 of this year, he sent herself more threats from his own IP address — before testifying at his ex’s preliminary hearing that he was continuing to threaten him. The DA’s office then conducted a follow-up investigation, at which point it became clear that Doe, not Penson, was the victim.
Penson was charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and one felony count of perjury in September. Charges against his ex were dismissed by October. In addition to jail time, he was also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.