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Man gets 42 months in prison in Gulfport stalking case

LARGO — Jovan Collier, the man who harassed his ex-girlfriend with e-mails and postings on adult websites — and also never told her that he had killed his adoptive family as a teenager — pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking Monday. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

His victim, a Gulfport schoolteacher, was in court during the hearing. She shed a few tears but did not speak.

"I'm happy with the way it came out," she said afterward, adding she felt "emotional, upset and relieved all at the same time.''

Now, she said, "I just hope he leaves me alone. That's all I ever wanted."

Judge Joseph A. Bulone asked Collier a series of standard questions before accepting his plea, including whether he had a history of mental illness. Collier paused at the question, appeared to grin, and looked at his attorney.

"No, no history," he said.

Collier, 41, lived with the teacher at her home in Gulfport, but they broke up last year and she obtained a domestic violence injunction against him. The Times is not naming the victim because of the nature of the crime.

He continued to contact her, sending her e-mails saying "You are the f------ center of my universe" and "You messed me over and I will pay you back, your rep, your job, all of it."

He also posted nude pictures of her on adult websites, along with her name and address, which led some men to come to her house, thinking they had arranged for sexual encounters.

In the middle of all this, she learned about Collier's history.

In 1983, when he was 14 and named Peter Zimmer, he shot and killed his adoptive parents at their home in Mineral Point, Wis. He also killed their 10-year-old son by stabbing him more than 20 times. The reasons were never clear.

As a teenager, he pleaded no contest and served time in a juvenile detention facility. He was released at age 19, then received a share of his adoptive family's estate.

That outcome outraged many in Wisconsin at the time and led to changes in the law.

News stories from that time indicate Collier refused clinical counseling, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

He changed his name and eventually wound up in Florida. Collier has been in the Pinellas County Jail since October, and he will receive credit for the time he already has been incarcerated.

He will be transferred to the state prison system for the remainder of his 42-month prison sentence. He also pleaded guilty to three related misdemeanor charges.

Man gets 42 months in prison in Gulfport stalking case 05/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:50am]
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