Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Harassing Ex-Wife through Revenge Website

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Harassing Ex-Wife through Revenge Website

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Man sentenced to 4 years for revenge website

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VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man convicted of criminally harassing his ex-wife through a revenge website that maligned her as a white supremacist, drug addict and child abuser has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

After time served is taken into account, Patrick Fox will spend just over 20 months in prison and be on probation for three years after his release.

Fox, 43, was found guilty by a jury in June of criminally harassing his former spouse Desiree Capuano through hundreds of threatening emails and the website, which also included photos of her son, her phone number and home address.

He was also found guilty of possessing firearms in a place he was not authorized to do so after he shipped four restricted handguns to California.

Fox was sentenced on Friday to three years for criminal harassment and 10 months for the firearms offence, to be served consecutively. He has also been banned from owning firearms for life.

Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court said Fox made it his mission to make Capuano's life miserable. The harassment caused Capuano to lose friends, have trouble keeping and finding a job, and damaged her relationship with her son, she said.

"Ms. Capuano felt isolated, beaten down, frustrated, powerless," Holmes said. "Ms. Capuano questioned whether she had the strength to keep going. Evidently, it was only her inner strength that prevented Mr. Fox from achieving his stated goal of driving her to suicide."

The judge also ordered Fox to have no contact with Capuano or her partner, as well as to remove the website within 24 hours of his release from prison and to not use the internet except for employment or for personal emails. He must surrender any passports and stay 100 metres from the U.S. border.

Capuano was in tears when reached by phone in Arizona where she lives, saying she was shocked and relieved at the news.

"I was fully expecting him to walk out of jail today," she said through sobs. "I have spent many, many years fighting and fighting and losing the fight. It does feel now like I am getting help, like he is going to be forced to stop. …

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