Elderly woman facing 10 stalking charges after police say she threatened former fiance

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) — A Utah County woman is facing 10 counts of stalking after police say she continued to contact her former fiance despite being told by officers to stop. 

According to arrest records, the alleged victim and former fiance to 78-year-old Joesette Lafranca told her to not contact him anymore after dealing with some alarming behavior.

Police said they spoke with Lafranca at her home about the no-contact order, a letter addressed to the victim was spotted on a table and police advised Lafranca not to send because she was not supposed to contact the victim by mail, phone, email or in person. 

Police said the victim called officers to report Lafranca continued to contact him, threatening, “there would be problems” if he wouldn’t talk to her. Police said they advised Lafranca a second time to cease all contact and she agreed. 

Arresting documents report less than two weeks later, the victim showed up to the Provo Police Department to show officers pictures of Lafranca on his driveway, driving past his house and walking up to his door. He also showed police several calls and threatening voicemails.

After a check of the cellphone, police confirm over 50 messages from Lafranca were found and more messages on his home phone as well. Police spoke to Lafranca again and said she admitted to contacting the victim because he wouldn’t talk to her despite asking her to marry him three times.

Police determined Lafranca repeatedly contacted, harassed and threatened the victim. She now faces 10 felony stalking charges. 

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