Florence man indicted on federal domestic violence and stalking charges

Published: Jan. 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM , AL (WAFF) - On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted a Florence man on interstate domestic violence and stalking charges for assaulting and sending threatening phone messages to a former girlfriend living on Redstone Arsenal.

An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges 46-year-old Ronnie Christopher Ricks with one count of interstate domestic violence for coming into the Redstone Arsenal and striking his former girlfriend with his fists on Aug. 5.

The indictment also states that Ricks is charged with interstate stalking for using an electronic communication system of interstate commerce, a cell phone to harass or intimidate the woman and cause, or attempt to cause her substantial emotional distress.

The maximum penalty for each count is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Redstone Arsenal Police investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Estes is prosecuting.

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