Man accused of cyberstalking, harassing former girlfriend

A man is accused of cyberstalking for allegedly threatening a South Whidbey woman on social media, according to court records.

The woman reported to the Island County Sheriff’s Office that her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old James L. Mathis, was continually violating a no-contact order by sending her messages via Facebook and email.

The woman said Mathis, a Coupeville resident, had “escalated” and threatened her life, a deputy wrote in his report. Mathis allegedly sent her multiple Facebook messages referring to her on May 20.

In one of the messages, Mathis wrote that he has nothing to lose and “BANG BANG BANG,” the report states.

The woman reported she was afraid because Mathis has guns.

Law enforcement has several other cases pending regarding Mathis violating the court order, the deputy wrote.

The woman blocked Mathis on Facebook but he would just create new accounts and continue to send messages.

Prosecutors charged Mathis in Island County Superior Court on May 30 with felony cyberstalking and felony harassment. If convicted of the charges, he could face up to two months in jail under the standard sentencing range.

Mathis is being held in Island County jail on $20,000 bail.

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