How a selfie saved a man from 99 years in prison

KVUE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — The morning of September 22, 2017, Cristopher Precopia went to work at a lumber yard in Georgetown.

By the end of the day, he was in jail facing 99 years in prison.

But he didn’t know why.

Why had police come to his work and arrested him? Why was he being accused of these horrible crimes? Who was accusing him?

She said he broke into her home in Temple.

She said he sliced an “X” into her chest with a box cutter.

She said it happened on Sept. 20, 2017 around 7:20 p.m.

She was his high school girlfriend. The two dated several years earlier, but he couldn’t remember the last time the two had contact.

Now Precopia was facing a felony charge: burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit other crimes.

“I had no idea why everything was happening, and I was lost,” he said.

Precopia was taken to the Williamson County Jail, where his parents posted a $150,000 bond. Then they began fighting to prove his innocence.  MORE

18 Comments on How a selfie saved a man from 99 years in prison

  1. This crap is emblematic of what’s wrong with our “justice” system. It’s all about “getting the bad guy-no, anybody we can blame, prosecute and incarcerate”.

    A whole lot of people should be prosecuted FOR REAL.

  2. Now, that there is some scary shit. Not only the police arresting the poor guy, but I bet the psycho bitch is right handed.

  3. Another example of a person filing false charges, having to face the same penalty that she is accusing an innocent person of. There are so many right things we should be doing as a society that we don’t seem to have the backbone for.

  4. I know someone (not me, I’m too old for that crap) who was in a relationship with a goofy woman who came over to his place one night drunk and physically attacked him because of some argument they had had previously. When he defended himself by pushing her back, she called the cops and claimed he beat her and threatened her with a firearm (which he did not). Cops came out, arrested him at gunpoint, and seized every weapon they could find in his apartment. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Faced with a lengthy prison term if convicted, he plea bargained out to a misdemeanor assault with monthly fines, a year of community service and mandatory anger management classes. His firearms were confiscated and will never be returned. All for getting involved with a nut case.

    Think it can’t happen to you, guys?

    Think again.

  5. Vietvet – that’s one of the many pernicious problems with the “justice” system these days. I’ve heard people say things like “the only reason to plea bargain is if you’re guilty”. The system is so upside down now that innocent people rarely have any real chance of fighting against false charges once they have been “put into the system”.

    The system overcharges people with multiple crimes (my dad’s local paper noted that someone was charged with something like “using a telecommunications device for discussing illegal drug activity” in addition to a bunch of other charges) so they can coerce people into pleading guilty. It seems criminal in itself to me to charge someone with simply using a telephone to talk to someone regardless of what they are talking about – aren’t the drug charges enough?

    If you try to fight it, you’ll spend a small fortune and the court system is a crap shoot at best because the judges generally won’t even allow exculpatory evidence from my limited experience – the judge decides what the jury can hear and see (if you can afford the expense of a jury trial), so even when you can prove your innocence, the system often won’t let you.

    The only thing Tommyboy left out of his list is that they are also intent on extracting as much money as possible so they can keep the corrupt system of lawyers, cops, admin people, etc. in a perpetual state of expansion and increased salaries. And the system viciously protects their sacred revenue stream (cops arresting people) regardless of whether people are innocent or not, even if the police and prosecutors have to lie and ruin the lives of people they know are innocent in order to do it.

    Like you said, don’t think it can’t happen to you no matter how innocent of any crime you may be. The sad truth these days is that once you’ve been arrested, you’re guilty for all intents and purposes. The state has all the power and will gleefully abuse its power every chance it gets.

  6. I’d bet Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono still believes he is guilty of the crime, ought to confess to doing it, shut up , step up, and do the time.

  7. @Bubba’s Brother: The individual involved was planning to fight the charges no matter what because he knew he was innocent. Unfortunately, just before the trial date the Harvey Weinstein incident and all the #Metoo stuff hit the news. His lawyer told him that, given the prevailing political climate, he could very likely be going to prison regardless of what the actual facts were, and strongly advised he take the plea bargain.

    It seems that in the criminal justice system, as with comedy, timing is everything.

  8. You can mount a Unicorn and lasso a Leprechaun before you can get “Justice.”

    And only a fool thinks otherwise.

    izlamo delenda est …

  9. And whatever happened to the congressional investigation into the Blasey-Ford, Feinstein, et al, thing?

    This won’t end until our legal system gets fixed. Until then no one is safe from being victimized in this way.

  10. Similar happened to one of my sons. We witnessed her punching him in the head and body and him not lifting a finger to hsrm her. Cops arrested him on her false report. Never asked us one question. They’ve arrested him since on false pfa violations.
    She ignores court orders. Haven’t seen our grandson in over a year.
    Women get away with this bulloney all the time.
    Years ago a man in Mass. was let go and the murdered his wife so now it’s all cya for the cops and judges. In the meantime men’s lives are ruined.

  11. @Bubba’s Brother: I forgot to mention the worst part of the situation. It cost the guy over $3000 in non-refundable bail money just to be able to be out of jail while waiting to see if the grand jury was going to recommend he be indicted or no-billed. Because of the heavy backlog of cases, this took several months. When the case finally came to trial it was almost exactly one year from the time he was arrested. The other more experienced prisoners had told him he would be in jail for a year before his trial, but he thought they were just trying to scare him. Turned out they weren’t. Had he not been able to post bail, he would have been locked up with a bunch of violent criminals for at least that long and very likely could have been hurt or worse, since fights occurred on a regular basis during the short time he was there.

    So much for your Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.

    The final icing on the cake: Because of his arrest, he also lost his job.


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