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April 19, 2021

Greenfield man sentenced to 4 years in prison for stalking

GREENFIELD — Greenfield resident Efrain Eulogio Donato was sentenced to four years in state prison on March 19 after pleading no contest to a felony charge of stalking and a misdemeanor charge of violating a criminal protective order.

Efrain Donato

Donato, 24, also admitted one prior “strike” offense under California’s Three Strikes Law.

According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Donato was dating a woman from July 2019 until February 2020, when she ended the relationship. He then began to continuously harass her, sending her more than 40 messages on Facebook and calling her more than 200 times.

In October 2020, despite the woman blocking his phone number, Donato started leaving her threatening voicemails, one of which said, “I’m threatening you because you don’t want to be with me,” the DA’s Office reported.

On Nov. 1, 2020, Donato went to the woman’s house and rang the doorbell. When she did not answer, he jumped the fence into her backyard and started banging on her bedroom window. The woman hid inside her house and called 911.

At the time of the incident, Donato was on a misdemeanor grant of probation for trespassing at the woman’s residence in February 2020.

Donato also called her while he was in custody at the Monterey County Jail for the trespassing incident, violating an emergency protective order.

The case was investigated by Detective Mitchell Eggers and Sgt. Christina Gunter of the Greenfield Police Department and District Attorney Investigator Pablo Andrade of the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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