A California man who repeatedly threatened to harm his estranged wife and told her he would kill any cops who tried to stop him, pleaded guilty to interstate stalking Tuesday afternoon in federal court.
James Howard Wheeler, 46, entered the plea in front of U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land, who scheduled sentencing for Dec. 19.
Wheeler, a nurse who lived in Imperial Beach, Calif., near San Diego, faces a up to five years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals outlined a pattern of harassment by Wheeler after his then wife left California and moved back to Georgia, where they had lived five years earlier.
He left 37 voicemails between Oct. 19, 2012, and Jan. 10, 2013, Seals told the court.
Wheeler was arrested Feb. 27 by the FBI, which has previously warned him to stop all contact with the woman.
Three of the voicemails were cited by Seals before Land accepted the guilty plea.
Let the cops listen to this, the prosecutor stated from the transcript. When you come to get my body out of this f---ing house, you better f---ing bring the ammo you mother f----er. I am killing everyone of you bastards.
In one of the other messages, Wheeler threatened the woman.
I am going to call you f---ing everyday of your life 'til I get tired of calling, the prosecutor read from the transcript. Then I am gonna come see you. I promise I am gonna see ya.
In addition to the threatening phone messages, Wheeler also sent threatening Facebook posts and emails, Seals said. The FBI used records from Facebook, T-Mobile and Yahoo to make its case.
After his arrest, Wheeler said he regretted it and was angry and frustrated, Seals told the court.
When the prosecutor finished, Wheeler was asked by Land if the account was accurate. He answered, Yes, sir.