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Stalker gets suspended sentence

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Court > Kubler warned to have no contact of any kind with victim

By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos resident Paul Kubler, who was arrested twice in January for stalking another Los Alamos resident, as well as other charges, was sentenced to probation Tuesday in court.
According to court records, within one week in late January, Kubler was arrested twice for stalking, driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and giving false evidence of vehicle title and registration.
In court, Kubler pled guilty to stalking, misdemeanor telephone harassment (reduced down from aggravated stalking) and driving while intoxicated, first offense.
The stalking charges came from when Kubler waited for his victim in a nearby parking lot to get out of work at a business on Diamond Drive. When he saw his victim, he tried to drive over to her and wave her down.
Police said that’s when his victim ran to a nearby business and called police.
Kubler was also facing a more serious stalking charge when he called her home and told her that her dog had died. He was charged with aggravated stalking in that case, which was reduced down to misdemeanor telephone harassment Tuesday.
During that arrest, police again told Kubler to stop contacting the victim. Kubler told the officers that the police “couldn’t stop true love, and that love would overcome everything.”
But in court Tuesday, handcuffed and in a county jail uniform, Kubler seemed to get the message.
While Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist dismissed a false evidence of vehicle title and registration charges from a previous arrest that January, reduced the aggravated stalking charge to a misdemeanor and allowed for three year’s worth of probation charges to run a year concurrently, he made sure that Kubler understood that if he contacted his victim at all, Wahlquist himself would see to it Kubler would face the maximum penalties, which included a long jail sentence and thousands of dollars in fines.
“Your honor, I spoke with the victim, and she really has a gentle heart and doesn’t want to cause the defendant too much trouble. She just wants to be left alone and for the defendant to seek treatment,” Wahlquist said to Judge Pat Casados, noting that the numerous friends and family members present in court to support her Tuesday thought he should have been penalized more. “Based on his history, I can understand that, but we are giving him a chance to be treated. However, your honor, if there is a probation violation, this may be a case where I will step in to handle the probation violation even though I don’t normally do that for magistrate court cases. That is because I believe the victim needs to be protected from the defendant very much...Regarding the facts in this case I don’t think (the victim) was real close to any physical danger, but based on criminal history with the defendant I can see where this can cross that line very quickly.”
Kubler was also sentenced to community service. He must also pay a $25 a month probation fee, enroll in an alcohol treatment program, attend DWI and victim impact school as well as undergo professional counseling for domestic violence.
Though he was not fined, he must still pay $367 in court costs.
Casados then addressed Kubler, asking him if he realized how serious Wahlquist, the victim’s family and the court was about leaving the victim alone.
“Mr. Kuber, do you know what ‘no contact’ means? This means nothing. No driving by her street, No sending somebody to send somebody, no email, no Facebook no Twitter, no electronic communication, no telephone calls, no going by her work… If you see her in the grocery store, you leave, not her. It’s your responsibility to keep away from her and any member of her family,” said Casados. “When I say the words ‘no contact’ the word is closed on everything. If you get even one probation violation, we will go to town.”