Bretton Osborne, 29, had no previous criminal record before he started watching videos from YouTuber Ian McGuire, 30. Then, he began harassing and stalking a woman who worked as a vendor at a farmers market in Punta Gorda, Florida, federal prosecutors said in court documents reviewed by Insider.
US attorneys said that in voicemail messages, he and McGuire, his co-defendant, threatened to rape the woman and kill her family, and falsely claimed in Yelp posts for her workplace that she was a sexual predator and Nazi supporter.
The men also mailed her a dead kitten and fecal matter, according to the court documents that Insider reviewed.
Both men pleaded guilty to stalking and conspiracy to commit stalking. A federal judge in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida sentenced Osborne to 44 months in federal prison Tuesday, a week after sentencing McGuire to 5 years in federal prison.
McGuire has more than 22,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel “HATETHESTATE.” The channel, which has a header image with the word “FREEDOM” in front of an American flag, has an anti-government flair. In most of the videos on the channel, he filmed strangers, including many cops and municipal workers, until they begged him to stop filming them. The victim was one of those people.