BY JAMES LAPORTA
“I’m not to be trifled with,” Marquez wrote Kate on Facebook Messenger. “Making Vince tell your dad was purely for my entertainment. You don’t want to see what I’ll do to ruin you.”A married couple of former U.S. Marines is being held accountable for tormenting a young woman, a year after a news investigation first disclosed the abuse. 2nd Lieutenant Vincent G. Provines, an ex-U.S. Marine Reserve officer, was found guilty Wednesday of federal cyberstalking charges in the Sherman Division of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas.
His wife, ex-U.S. Marine Reserve Lance Corporal Cesaria “Cecy” Marquez, admitted to participating in the cyberstalking and took a plea deal in late June. The couple had threatened to post nude photos of the young woman online.
Provines’ attorney did not respond to a Newsweek request for comment. The jury deliberated for roughly five hours before returning the verdict of guilty. Provines faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison; a $250,000 fine; and three years of supervised probation, according to court documents. Marquez’s attorney, James Whalen, who said his client did not want to comment, told Newsweek that Marquez had agreed to five years probation. The couple is currently in divorce litigation.
The young woman (whose name is being withheld by Newsweek to protect her privacy) reached out to this reporter in March 2017 to tell her story.
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