When 21-year-old Christopher Precopia met with a recruiter to enlist in the US Army in October, he was rejected because of the violent offence for which he had been charged last year.
Mr Precopia, of Williamson County, Texas, was arrested 22 September 2017, after his ex-girlfriend told police he had broken into her home and assaulted her – using a box-cutter to carve an “X” just below her neck, Texas ABC-affiliate KVUE reported.
Except there was one problem: Mr Precopia did not do it.
In oral and written statements to police, his accuser detailed how Mr Precopia had forced his way into her home, pushing her to the ground before punching her in the face and slicing her with the box-cutter.
He was charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit other crimes, a felony offence that carries the possibility of a life sentence.
“I had no idea who accused me of this, I had no idea why everything was happening,” Mr Precopia told KVUE. “I was constantly fearful as to what could happen the next day . . . I was going to sleep hoping I wouldn’t wake up, just to get away from it.
After spending more than a day in jail, Mr Precopia’s parents took out loans to post his $150,000 bond and pay for a lawyer in an effort to prove their son was innocent, Mr Flores said.
As Mr Precopia’s family worked to clear his name, his mother, Erin, realised she possessed a piece of evidence that could exonerate him: a selfie taken at 7:02pm on 20 September 2017 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
His accuser had told police she was attacked by Mr Precopia at 7:20pm that same day in her Bell County home, nearly 70 miles away. Cell-phone towers also helped pinpoint Mr Precopia’s actual location, Mr Flores said.
“He was very fortunate that she chose a date and time that he just happened to have a rock-solid alibi for,” Mr Flores said. “He and I have talked many times about how lucky he is, whether you believe in a higher power or good old-fashioned luck.”
If his accuser had claimed the attack had taken place the day before or after, Mr Flores said, his client’s only excuse would have been he was sitting at home watching TV – a much less convincing alibi.
The charge was dropped on 21 June after Mr Flores took the evidence to Bell County District Attorney’s Office, he said.
Мужика бывшая баба обвинила в том, что он над ней надругался и даже вырезал ножом на шее Х, а парень этого не делал. Причем это было ЕГО обязанность найти себе алиби. К счастью, оно у него было - селфи, сделанное за 18 минут до описываемых "жертвой" событий, котороен было сфоткано в 70 милях от места проишествия. Как сказала его мама, им очень повезло. Если бы предполагаемое насилие было заявлено днем раньше или днем пойзже, его могли бы упечь пожизненно, поскольку он был дома один и алиби у него не было бы. Бабу, кстати, пока даже не обвинили ни в чем.