Harassment, threats lead to jail for Oak Harbor man

A 25-year-old Oak Harbor man who harassed and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend must go to jail and obtain an evaluation for possible drug abuse, anger management and domestic violence treatment.

Leo Mathis, Jr., pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 5 to harassment (threats to kill), violation of a court order and telephone harassment.

Judge Vickie Churchill agreed with the sentencing recommendation presented by both the prosecution and defense. She sent Mathis to jail for 60 days followed by a year of community supervision by the Department of Corrections. Also, she ordered him to obtain evaluations for alcohol abuse, anger management and domestic abuse; Mathis must comply with any recommended treatment.

The victim asked the judge to remove the no-contact order barring Mathis from seeing her. Churchill refused, keeping the order intact until April 5, 2012.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Jennifer Rutledge investigated the case after the victim reported Dec. 9 that Mathis had threatened to kill her and her new boyfriend. A judge had previously issued a domestic violence no-contact order barring Mathis from contacting the woman.

While the officer was at the woman’s home, Mathis called his ex-girlfriend’s phone. Officer Rutledge answered the phone and Mathis, not realizing who it was, swore at her, court documents indicate.

Mathis told Rutledge that he was in Aberdeen, but later in the day he allegedly called the woman again and threatened that he was going to assault his own father and then go to her house.

Mathis had been arrested in November for assaulting his father after he wouldn’t let Mathis have his shotgun, Rutledge wrote.

Rutledge warned the Island County Sheriff’s Office of the threat since Mathis’ father lives in the county. About 20 minutes later, deputies responded to a verbal dispute at the house involving Mathis. Mathis hid in the woods, but a deputy later caught him as he emerged.

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