A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift's former record label.
According to records filed in federal court, Eric Swarbrick was given the sentence during a hearing Wednesday (Sep 16) in Nashville. The terms of the sentence, which also includes three years of supervised release, were agreed on by prosecutors in a plea agreement that Swarbrick entered in 2019.
The complaint said Swarbrick sent over 40 letters and emails to Big Machine Label Group in 2018, asking the CEO to introduce him to Swift. Over time the letters became more violent and threatening. On three occasions Swarbrick drove to Nashville to personally deliver them.
Swift has had to deal with obsessive fans throughout her career.
In 2019, a man was arrested outside Swift's home in Rhode Island and charged with possession of burglary tools when he was found to be carrying more than 30 lock picks, a window-entry rake and a baseball bat.