A Soulsbyville man was convicted by a jury at the Tuolumne County Superior Court on Friday of stalking, inflicting corporal injury and misdemeanor charges of vandalism, resisting arrest and six times violating a court order to prevent domestic violence.
Zackariah Wagner, 42, faces up to seven years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. On Oct. 15 Wagner has an a hearing to determine if he was out on bail at the time of the stalking charge, a Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office representative said.
According to a Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office press release, the charge of inflicting corporal injury on a child’s parent stemmed from an unreported domestic violence incident on Oct. 9, 2016, and when Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a victim’s home about a month and a half later on another report of violence.
On Oct. 9, the mother of Wagner’s child was slapped and struck by Wagner, causing severe bruising, after she requested he leave her residence. The woman broke her finger defending herself, but did not report the incident, the press release said.
On Nov. 22, the victim called 911 after Wagner broke down her front door. Following the Nov. 22 incident, Wagner admitted to breaking down the door and the victim shared with deputies what happened on Oct. 9.
Charges of inflicting corporal injury, a felony, and misdemeanor vandalism were filed against Wagner and a criminal protective order was issued by the Tuolumne County Superior Court, barring him from coming within 100 feet of the victim or contacting her electronically.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office booking logs, Wagner self-surrendered to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on the warrant charges of inflicting corporal injury and misdemeanor vandalism on March 7 and was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $35,000 bail.
Over the next two months, Wagner called the mother of his child multiple times from a blocked number, followed her in his vehicle and drove past her house and yelled obscenities, the press release said.
On April 16 at 12:56 a.m., Wagner was arrested on fresh charges of misdemeanor charges violating a protective order and obstructing a peace officer at his home on the 21300 block of Oman Drive in Soulsbyville.
The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office press release said that following the initial arrest, Wagner ran from authorities when they attempted to arrest him for one of the violations of the protective order. Wagner also threatened the victim when she confronted him to stop stalking her, but he did not stop harassing her even after the contacts with law enforcement.
Wagner was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer at the Tuolumne County Superior Court on May 5, 2017. Wagner was arrested again on May 18 at the Tuolumne County Jail lobby for disobeying a court order to prevent domestic violence.
On May 21, 2017, Wagner was arrested on the 20900 block of Soulsbyville Road on fresh charges of violating an order to prevent domestic violence. On May 26, 2017, Wagner was remanded from Department 2 of the Tuolumne County Superior Court on felony charges of stalking and three misdemeanor charges of contempt of court for disobeying a court order and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $50,000 bail.
The victim in the case testified over two days during the trial, the press release said. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Novelli and the case was heard before Judge James A. Boscoe.