Oak Harbor man accused of stalking

An Oak Harbor man is facing potential prison time for stalking his ex-wife and violating a no-contact order, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Samuel D. Howard in Island County Superior Court Aug. 13 with felony violation of a court order and stalking. If convicted of the charges, he could face more than three years in prison under the standard sentencing range.

Howard was released from jail after posting $10,000 bail.

The ex-wife reported to police earlier this month that Howard had repeatedly violated a court order barring him from contacting her, according to the police report.

The woman told police she was scared because she was divorcing Howard and he had threatened to kill her if she ever left him, the report states. She said Howard had assaulted her many times in the past, including breaking her nose several times, breaking her ribs, giving her black eyes, breaking her jaw, choking her, burning her with cigarettes and stomping on her, the officer wrote.

The woman said Howard sent her Facebook messages and called her several times after he was served with the protection order. She said he contacted her at Walmart and at another business, where he allegedly assaulted her, the police report states.

In separate instances, Howard told her that he knew she moved and texted her that he was waiting all day at her house, the report says.

In an interview with police, Howard allegedly admitted to contacting the woman at businesses.

He denied texting or sending Facebook messages to the woman, the report states.

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