At times, it seems our social media obsessed society can be accused of oversharing. However, in this situation, checking in and taking a selfie saved a man from a lifetime in prison.
Christopher Precopia was arrested and accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. Private property was destroyed and she claimed he carved an “X” into her chest with a box cutter.
Precopia was charged burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other crimes, a charge that comes with a possible 99 years in prison.
The ex’s claim was that they had a troubled relationship when things ended. He was arrested at work, and spent a day in jail before his parents could post his bond.
However, Precopia maintained he was innocent. When he was finally told the date and time of the alleged attack, he realized he had proof he didn’t do it.
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Thanks to a selfie and FB check-in at a hotel conference event, Precopia had proof that at the time, he was out of town.
Precopia’s mother, Erin told KVUE:
“I’m thinking,’This is awesome’ By the grace of God, she said it happened on the day when I can say totally, 100 percent, where he was at.”
It was a miracle.
Peggy Bevz Nuñez quoted the article and commented:
“‘”The accuser said Precopia broke into her home in Temple and sliced an X into her chest with a box cutter. Her identity is not being made public because she is not being charged with a crime. She would later admit to Temple police that she reported Precopia because she had a rocky relationship with him several years earlier.’ She should be charged.”
These stories really touch my heart. As someone who has been accused of doing things that I was innocent of, and going to jail for it briefly, to even think about someone being in jail for something they didn't do and having their life ruined, just tears… https://t.co/ByadVE7Ehj— Chef Millie Barnes (@milliebarnes53) November 16, 2018
In 2014 I was accused of & interviewed under caution for a violent offence with a gun. 3 witnesses all saw me. Clear as day.— John Player (@JohnPlayerNo6) November 17, 2018
1) I don't own a firearm
2) I was over 100 miles away at the time, on CCTV with multiple dozens of witnesses.
Some people eh?
A selfie, with its time and GPS stamp, proved a man innocent of a crime he didn’t commit, which is great! But let’s face it: if the picture wasn’t flattering, most of us would rather go to jail. https://t.co/EeZ7gT67k5— Dan Roberts (@danrobertsvoice) November 17, 2018
Forensic investigators were able to examine the digital photo and determine it was indeed taken at the date and time of the attack. With this evidence presented, prosecutors dropped the charges.
Precopia was not interviewed by the police before charges were filed and it is unknown why they moved so quickly against him. It is also unknown why it took so long for investigators to tell him the date and time of the supposed attack.
It took nine months from the day he was arrested to get the charges dropped.
People are not happy with how law enforcement handled this.
AS USUAL, THIS PRICK OF A COP DECIDED, JUDGE & JURY, TO ACCUSE SOMEONE - WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO 'INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN' ???? NEVER EXISTED.... https://t.co/3eyoOk4WA9— Bobbie Ann Chan (@FzyWzyHadNoHair) November 16, 2018
Crazy woman! OMG! And yet not charged herself!— BelleRedux (@BelleRedux) November 15, 2018
Why did it take 9 months to find out he was out of town at the time of the alleged crimes? Why is her name being withheld? Why is she not charged with false reporting?— DH (@navybrat18) November 16, 2018
Precopia’s attorney said:
“[Precopia] and I have talked about that very often. About how lucky he is that she picked that particular day and how scary it is that if she had chosen any other day it would basically be his word versus hers and he’d be looking at 99 years in Texas prison.”
At this time, the ex-girlfriend has not been charged with a crime, but the police are looking into the situation.