A California man of Indian origin who had stalked a woman for nearly a decade, threatening her as she moved from India to several cities in the United States, was sentenced Thursday in McKinney to 17 years in prison.
The woman was reportedly Singh’s class fellow whom she stalked from India to US. They both met in college years back in Delhi, India.
A report said the victim, whose identity wasn’t released by authorities, refused a marriage proposal, which sparked Singh’s anger in 2006.
“Singh began following the victim home and threatened her with violence until she graduated in 2007.”
When the woman moved to New York to attend school in 2007, Singh continued to harass her. He also assaulted her father in India, prosecutors said.
Singh was convicted in India on charges related to the harassment, threats and assault there. Collin prosecutors say Singh appealed and signed an affidavit agreeing to stay away from the woman so he could continue his studies in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Singh tried to enroll in the same university the woman was attending but was denied admission, prosecutors said.
The university obtained a criminal trespass order prohibiting him from the campus, prosecutors said.
The woman took an internship in California, and Singh followed her to find out where she lived. He then went to her home, demanding to see her. When she refused, prosecutors say he told her, “You can’t hide from me. I will always find you.”
The harassment continued after she returned to New York to finish school, prosecutors said.
In 2011, the woman moved to Plano to work for an information technology company. Singh continued to harass her through phone calls and other electronic means, prosecutors said.
In 2014, prosecutors say, Singh created a false credit monitoring service account in her name to learn where she lived in Plano. He then broke into her apartment by persuading a locksmith to open the door. Prosecutors say Singh took her passport, Social Security card and other documents as well as several pieces of jewelry.
A suspicious neighbor called 911. Plano police found Singh in the parking lot of her apartment complex with her things.
Jitender Singh, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested after breaking into the woman’s Plano apartment in 2014 and stealing several items. A Collin County jury convicted him this week on charges of burglary of a habitation and fraudulent use of information. He also was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.
“The jury put an end to this victim’s decade-long stalking nightmare,” Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said in a statement.
On the other hand, defense attorney Joe Padian said: “While we respect the jury’s service, we were disappointed with the sentence, and we do intend to appeal.”