Stephani Renae Lawson, a 25-year-old woman from Las Vegas, filed eight police reports against her ex-boyfriend, Tyler Parkervest.
The reports claimed Parkervest had violated a restraining order, stalked her, and threatened to kill her. The man was arrested four times in 2015 and charged with multiple felonies, according to prosecutors.
In December, his bail was raised to $200,000, and his grandparents used their house as collateral to post it.
The threats allegedly had been coming from the man’s Facebook account, and in May Lawson testified under penalty of perjury at her ex-boyfriend’s preliminary hearing.
Questions surrounding the validity of the claim were raised after a screenshot of the message was displayed at the hearing. Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller told the New York Daily News:
“One of my DA colleagues looked at it and said, ‘It doesn’t look right,’ and that triggered in our mind, ‘Maybe we need to look into this further.”
Investigators secured search warrants for Lawson’s Facebook and T-Mobile phone records. The information in the records indicated that she created the Facebook account and sent the messages from her own device.
Orange County District Attorney investigator Loren Dawson told the Washington Post:
“The T-Mobile records showed that Lawson disguised herself as Parkervest with a similar Facebook account. Lawson sent herself numerous criminal threats from the phony ‘Tyler Parker’ Facebook account and reported to law enforcement that Parkervest sent her the messages. Lawson had Parkervest arrested four times for crimes that he did not commit.”
All charges against Parkervest were dropped.
He now lives in Texas with the grandfather who posted his house as collateral. Unfortunately, his grandmother died before she could see the injustice set right.
Lawson initially pleaded “not guilty,” but then switched to “guilty” as part of a plea deal.
Earlier this month, Stephani Renae Lawson was sentenced to one year in jail on one felony count of false imprisonment and one felony count of perjury.