Santa Rosa, CA – June 8, 2016 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Nicholas Daniel Stiles, 37-years-old of Santa Rosa, was convicted Monday of felony stalking after a two week jury trial. The defendant was accused of felony “stalking after the issuance of a restraining order” after he repeatedly harassed the victim, his ex-girlfriend, over a period of seven months from May to November of 2015, including numerous text messages, phone calls, internet postings, restraining order violations, and vandalism to the victim’s car.
In addition, earlier today, after a contested hearing, the court found that the defendant had a previous “strike” conviction for robbery. Because the “strike” serves to double the defendant’s sentence for the current offense, he faces the possibility of serving 8 years in state prison when he returns for sentencing on July 8th.
District Attorney Ravitch noted, “This was a challenging case for the jury, and we respect their verdict. We will continue to aggressively prosecute domestic violence offenders.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gotshall assisted by District Attorney Investigator Dave Lundgren. Detective Chris Diaz of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.