Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock announces the guilty verdict of John Michael Cosper, Jr.

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock announced on Tuesday that John Michael Cosper, Jr. was found guilty of two counts of aggravated stalking 2nd degree and one count of violation of protection from abuse order after a two-day jury trial in the Cullman County Circuit Court.

“Domestic violence is a serious issue that can yield deadly consequences,” said District Attorney Blaylock.  “I am proud of the victim in this case for coming forward and having the strength and courage to testify against her abuser.  Our office will request that Cosper be sentenced to the maximum punishment at his sentencing hearing.”

In this case, the jury heard testimony that the victim had a protection for abuse order issued against Cosper. Despite orders not to have contact with the victim, Cosper installed tracking devices on the victim’s vehicle on two separate occasions – a fact that he admitted at trial. Cosper failed to appear in the courtroom when the jury announced its guilty verdict on all three counts.  He was apprehended a short time later in the courthouse parking lot, whereupon Cosper’s bond was revoked, and he will remain in the custody of the Cullman County Detention Center until his sentencing hearing on a later date.

Aggravated stalking 2nd degree is a Class C felony with punishment of one to 10 years imprisonment.  Violation of protection from abuse order is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one year imprisonment.  As a result of his three convictions in these cases, the defendant faces a maximum imprisonment of 21 years.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeff Roberts of the District Attorney’s Office and investigated by Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Cullman Police Department.