Des Plaines man gets 3 years for cyberstalking
May 3, 2010
A former Des Plaines man was sentenced today to three years in prison for sending disturbing email messages to a young Mount Prospect woman he had been stalking physically and electronically for years.
Thomas Brodnicki, 45, pled guilty to one count of cyberstalking, a Class 4 felony. Judge Thomas Fecarotta Jr. gave Brodnicki the maximum sentence under the law.
Brodnicki's plea came after he was treated for mental illness for nearly two years while in custody.
Brodnicki was arrested in August, 2008 for sending eemails to the woman, now a teacher, demanding that he marry her in order to have a "blue-eyed, blonde-haired" baby, authorities said. Prosecutors and police described Brodnicki as a white supremacist.
He met the woman in 2000 when she was 18 and working at a Des Plaines convenience store, preparing to go to college, authorities said. He pursued her to Iowa and was convicted of harassing her on campus and ordered not to have contact with her for five years, authorities said.