Post Falls woman sentenced to 60 months in prison for cyberstalking, arson

POST FALLS, Idaho — A woman from Post Falls was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for cyberstalking her ex-boyfriend and setting his house on fire.

U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Kimberly Ann Brischle, 56, and ordered her to pay more than $175,000 in restitution for her damages.

According to court documents, Brischle began sending her ex-boyfriend a series of threatening text messages in April 2021. The next day, Brischle broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home in Spokane, while her ex-boyfriend was away on business.

Brischle damaged property in the home and started a fire in a bedroom closet. The Spokane Fire Department extinguished the fire, and later determined that the fire had been set intentionally.

Brischle also sent threatening and harassing texts and emails to her ex-boyfriend over the next several months. In one message, she claimed to have paid another person to torture and mutilate him and kill his dog.

“In the information age, Internet stalking has become a significant problem that crosses state and international boundaries and subjects innocent people to serious harassment,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.  “As this case demonstrates, the line between online activity and real-world consequences can become blurry for some—and frankly, it is a miracle and a relief that no one was hurt by the fire in this case.”

Brischle will also serve three years of federal supervised release after she gets out of prison.  Brischle pleaded guilty in May 2022 and has been in federal custody since July 2021.

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