A Texas man arrested for allegedly stalking Taylor Swift and making violent threats against the singer and her family has been sentenced.
As TMZ reports, Frank Andrew Hoover, 39, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years’ probation after being charged with repeated violations of a protective order, categorized as a third-degree felony.
Hoover pled guilty to repeatedly violating a lifetime protective order that had been filed against him by Swift’s father. In addition to probation, Hoover has been ordered to stay at least a mile away from Swift and members of her family, with his whereabouts to be monitored via GPS.
Hoover will also have to undergo complete psychological testing, attend substance abuse classes, surrender all firearms, and will be subjected to random drug testing.
Hoover came to the attention of authorities when he began sending emails to Swift’s father. According to Austin’s KXAN, an affidavit states that Hoover sent Swift’s father around 30 emails between Aug. 28 and Oct. 27 of 2016, detailing his infatuation with the recording artist and his desire to be with her.
“Frank also wrote about random topics such as earthquakes, God, Satan’s lies, forgiveness, job opportunities, and partnership,” states the affidavit, which also details a specific email reading: “Without her, I walk the earth alone forever and she’ll continue to experience failed relationships that break her heart.”
Those emails eventually escalated into threats of violence against Swift and her family.
“Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus s**t your daughter spread,” read one email, reported TMZ, while another declared: “The evil family of devils: Scott, Austin, Taylor, Andrew. Sincerely, the end real son of god,” with another adding, “this article is not a joke and is why god is going to burn them into the desert for me.”
Hoover was arrested in August 2016 after violating the order requiring him to be at least 500 feet away from Swift and her family. According to a police affidavit, Hoover was spotted “within 20-50 feet” of Swift’s motorcade as it arrived at the Austin airport, and was later witnessed asking questions “that seemed out of place” about Swift’s private plane.