Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that David Valadez, age 23, of Homedale, was sentenced by the Honorable Davis F. VanderVelde for the felony crime of Stalking in the First Degree.
Judge VanderVelde sentenced Valadez to 2 ½ years fixed, followed by 2 ½ indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 5 years in prison. Judge VanderVelde also ordered Valadez to have no contact with the victim for the duration of the sentence. Valadez was also ordered to pay court costs and reimburse his public defender.
Valadez was arrested in May 2019 after a woman contacted the Caldwell Police Department to report that he had violated his no contact order against her and was repeatedly following and harassing her. The victim told police that Valadez had driven by her new house on multiple occasions since the no contact order and that he would follow her and tailgate her while she was driving. The victim also stated that Valadez would also call and text her repeatedly, often in a threatening manner. Following his arrest in May, police located packaging for a GPS-tracking device inside Valadez’s vehicle. The numbering on the packaging was identical to the numbering on a GPS-tracking device that was found attached to the underside of the victim’s car.
Court records show that Valadez was arrested for felony stalking with the same victim in January 2019 and was out on bond at the time of his May arrest. Valadez originally began stalking the victim, a former girlfriend, after a no contact order had been put in place after he battered her in October 2018.
“This was an extremely frightening situation for this victim, so I want to commend her for having the courage to speak up and contact police,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “I also want to commend the Caldwell Police Department for their work in helping put this man behind bars. Cases like this are a sad reminder of the impact domestic violence can have on our community. That is why it is so important for victims to speak up and ask for help.”