Show Low Resident Convicted Of Stalking

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An eight-member jury found a Show Low man guilty last week of stalking a Payson woman.

Deputy County Attorney Tim Grier prosecuted the case against Troy Billingsley, who was charged with stalking the woman from August 1999 to May 2000.

Payson Police Sgt. Tom Tieman said, however, that Billingsley had been terrorizing the victim for much longer.

"This had been going on for more than six years," Tieman said. "He started harassing her back in 1994."

Even though the victim had gotten a court order, Billingsley reportedly continued to harass her until the Navajo County Sheriff's Department charged him with violation of a court order.

By the time Gila County officials took on the case, it only involved the incidents that had happened since August of 1999.

"He was writing letters to her," Tieman said. "He would leave CDs on her windshield with the title of love songs underlined. At one time, he even tried to contact her through a third party."

Tieman said when his office completed its investigation, it turned the case over to the county attorney's office for prosecution.

After hearing testimony from 10 prosecution witnesses during the two-day trial, the jury took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict, Grier said.

Billingsley will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m., March 19 at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe.

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