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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Threatening Messages to Female Victim

A Tulsa man admitted today in federal court that he violated a protective order by sending harassing and threatening emails to a female victim.

Parris Deshaunte Evitt, 30, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to Cyber Stalking. From Oct. 20, 2018 to Sept. 3, 2020, Evitt used email, Facebook messaging, text messages and phone calls to harass, intimidate and threaten the victim, thus violating a protective order issued against the him on July 5, 2017. During his plea hearing, Evitt admitted to using different aliases to harass the victim. In several messages, he threatened to publicly share personal information about the victim.

“This is the second cyberstalking guilty plea in our district in recent weeks. Obviously, it is a crime to which we are paying attention and about which people should be aware. Cyberstalking impacts the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of victims. In this case, Parris Evitt used threats and intimidation via Facebook, phone calls, text messages, and email to harass, scare, and violate the victim,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “The Parris Evitts of the world will not be allowed to violate protective orders and threaten their victims from behind a keyboard. If they do, they’ll find themselves in a courtroom answering for their crimes.”

Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell will make the final sentencing determination at a hearing set for Feb. 4, 2021.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a maximum of three years of supervised release following imprisonment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chantelle D. Dial is prosecuting the case. Ms.Dial is a prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington. She volunteered to assist prosecution efforts here in the Northern District of Oklahoma due to the increased volume of cases since the Supreme Court’s ruling which stated the Creek Nation Reservation had never been officially disestablished by Congress. The United States and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have jurisdiction of all cases that occur on the reservation involving Native American victims or defendants.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated November 4, 2020