Bellrichard Found Guilty in Stalking Case

Updated: 01/29/2014 5:16 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 3:22 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A 67-year-old Austin accused of stalking a 16-year-old girl has been convicted on all counts.

A Mower County jury convicted Loren Bellrichard Tuesday morning on four felony counts, including three counts of stalking and one count of violating a restraining order.

Bellrichard was arrested after he left a bicycle and other gifts for the victim in violation of a court order. No date has been set for his sentencing.

Bellrichard is still scheduled to go on trial on April 7th on a charge of escape. Authorities say he didn't return to police custody after being allowed to attend his mother's funeral. He was being held on the stalking charges. Bellrichard was found in Wisconsin.

During his time on the loose, investigators say he sent a letter threatening a police officer and employees of the Mower County Attorney's Office. He faces two felony charges of terroristic threats for the letter. A trial date on those charges hasn't been set.

As we've reported, in the 1990's Bellrichard served prison time for sending threatening letters to public officials. He was acquitted of charges that he bombed the home of an Austin judge.