LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 53-year-old Wells man accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of deferred adjudication for stalking an Angelina County woman.
Gilbert Dean Rash appeared in Judge Gerald Goodwin's courtroom Friday morning. As part of the plea deal, Rash pleaded guilty to a third-degree stalking charge.
Deferred adjudication is basically the same thing as probation. However, if Rash stays out of trouble for the 10-year period, he will not have a felony conviction on his criminal record.
According to the arrest affidavit, the woman told an investigator with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office that Rash had followed her to her workplace and other places around Lufkin.
The victim provided the ACSO investigator with several recordings of harassing messages that Rash left on her phone, the affidavit stated. On May 5, Rash allegedly told her that she would talk to him no matter what the cost. That same day, he left another message that said he would follow her around the Lufkin loop and crash his vehicle in front of her, the affidavit stated.
The victim told the investigator that she thought the various threatening and harassing messages she allegedly got from Rash and the fact that he was following her around town were all measures done to incite fear, the affidavit stated.