Stalker receives 3.5 years in prison for violating probation

2013-02-07T12:02:00Z 2013-02-07T12:13:37Z Stalker receives 3.5 years in prison for violating probationKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 07, 2013 12:02 pm  • 

A Tucson man placed on probation in November for stalking his ex and for pawning stolen property will be spending the next 3.5 years in prison.

Joseph Tennant, 32, was indicted in August 2012 on three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of endangerment, burglary and attempted arson of an occupied structure, according to Pima County Superior Court records.

Tennant was accused of sending threatening texts to a Tucson woman after she asked him to leave the home he'd been sharing with her and her two children.

Police said Tennant then broke into the woman's house and turned the gas on, knowing she usually came home with a cigarette in her hand. Police also said he stole and pawned a gun and other items belonging to his mother and stepfather.

Tennant pleaded guilty to one count of stalking in that case and to two counts of attempted trafficking in stolen property.

Judge Paul Tang sentenced Tennant Nov. 26 to five years' probation.

On Dec. 28, Tennant's probation officer asked Judge Tang to revoke his probation.

The probation officer alleged Tennant had contact with his victim without approval four times and committed the offense of "domestic violence/threats and intimidating."

It was also alleged Tennant never enrolled in the domestic violence classes he was supposed to. The probation officer also said Tennant didn't submit to drug and alcohol testing and didn't do any community service.

Tennant admitted he didn't participate in counseling or do any community service. 

Judge Tang recently revoked his probation in late January and sentenced Tennant to 1.5 years on the stalking charge, 3.5 years on one attempted trafficking charge and 3.5 years on the other trafficking charge. He then ran them all concurrently.

As for Tennant's new domestic violence case, Justice of the Peace Jack Peyton dismissed it at the request of prosecutors following the sentencing.

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