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Texas Man Sentenced Two and Half Years In Prison For Stalking Taylor Swift

September 16, 2020, By: Ben Abrams

A Nashville federal judge has sentenced 27-year-old Eric Swarbrick from Austin, Texas, to 30 months in jail for stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift’s former record label, Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift performing at the ACM Awards 2020 - Photo via CBS

On Wednesday (September 16) terms were agreed upon by prosecutors based on a plea agreement Swarbrick entered in 2019. His sentence includes three years of federal supervised release after his time in jail.

Federal records filed, said that Swift’s stalker began asking BMR CEO, Scott Borchetta, for an introduction to Swift in January 2018. The prosecution has accounted for over 40 letters and emails from Swarbrick to Swift prior to his arrest in September 2018 by the Nashville Police Department.

The emails became more threatening over time, triggering Swarbrick to drive to the label offices to hand deliver the letter himself on more than one occasion. The Texas man also admittedly roamed about the offices. In his emails, the stalker would threaten to rape and kill Taylor or himself at the offices of Big Machine Records in front of staff.

Taylor Swift performing at the ACM Awards 2020 - Photo via CBS

Swift is set to perform her single “Betty” from her eighth studio album, folklore, live tonight for the Academy Country Music Awards. The 2020 ACM Awards will air at 8pm ET from Nashville on CBS.

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