Port Charlotte man sentenced in federal stalking case
Port Charlotte YouTuber Ian McGuire, who authorities say mailed a dead kitten to a woman he was stalking and harassing, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 months in federal prison.
McGuire, 31, pleaded guilty in August and has been in custody at the Charlotte County Jail since June.
McGuire mailed a woman a dead kitten, a sex toy and feces, and made violent threats against her and her family, court records show.
A grand jury indictment filed in the Middle District of Florida states that McGuire and co-defendant Bretton Osborne “used facilities of interstate commerce, including the mail, electronic mail and internet websites” to cause emotional distress and put the unnamed victim in fear of serious bodily injury.
From March to June of 2019, McGuire and Osborne harassed, stalked and cyberstalked the woman, a vendor at the Punta Gorda farmers’ market, according to documents.
She received threats of raping her grandchildren and getting her son hooked on methamphetamine, reports show.
Once his time is served, McGuire will be under supervised release for three years and must participate in substance abuse and mental health programs.
McGuire has a history with local agencies in Charlotte County. He was found to have posted dozens of videos of his encounters and confrontations with law enforcement officers on YouTube back in 2017.