MACON, Ga. -- A Peach County man has been convicted for a third time of aggravated stalking of his former girlfriend -- this time while in prison -- and sentenced to an additional 10 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.
The Telegraph newspaper reports that after deliberating a little more than an hour after a one-day trial Tuesday, a Peach County jury convicted Robert Jay Davis of one count of aggravated stalking and acquitted him of five other aggravated stalking counts, prosecutor Mike Smith said.
Superior Court Judge Tripp Self sentenced Davis as a recidivist after the verdict, Smith said.
Davis had two prior felony stalking convictions as well as a federal drug conviction for conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute that were considered at sentencing, Smith said. Davis also has another federal drug conviction for the sale of amphetamines.
He was accused of contacting his former live-in girlfriend, Kristen Walton, by letter, phone and social media in violation of a court order while serving a five-year prison sentence.
In an earlier interview with The Telegraph, Davis claimed the stalking -- including the two charges he had previously pleaded guilty to in Superior Court -- was based on allegations trumped up by Walton because of a dispute over the ownership of property.
Davis, who said he’s worked as a contractor at Robins Air Force Base and as a landscaper, also said his earlier pleas were based on bad advice from prior attorneys. He also said he sent letters to the young daughter he and Walton had together because he wanted to be a good father.
However, while the letters may have been addressed to the daughter, the letters were of an adult nature that were clearly intended to “harass and terrorize” Walton, Smith said.