Temple, TX – A man’s Facebook selfie he posted while at a hotel turned out to be proof that he did not assault a former girlfriend.
The selfie saved him from a potential prison sentence of up to 99 years.
Cristopher Precopia was accused on Sept. 20, 2017 by a former girlfriend of breaking into her home and slicing an “X” into her chest with a box cutter, according to KVUE.
The former girlfriend, who was not identified because she has not been charged with a crime, said the attack happened at about 7:20 p.m.
Precopia had dated the woman in high school several years earlier but Precopia couldn’t remember the last time the two met, according to KVUE.
After the female reported the man of attacking her, police arrested Precopia and charged him with the felony charge burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit other crimes, KVUE reported.
Precopia was taken to the Williamson County Jail and his parents posted a $150,000 bond.
However, at the time of the attack, Precopia was at a hotel about 65 miles from the former girlfriend’s home, KVUE reported.
There were sworn affidavits confirming that Cristopher was at the hotel at the time of the alleged attack. Also, there were photos of Cristopher at the hotel posted on Facebook that were time stamped and Geo-located, according to KVUE.
"I'm thinking, 'this is awesome. By the grace of God, she said it happened on the day when I can say totally, 100 percent, where he was at," his mother, Erin Precopia, said according to KVUE.
The selfie provided Cristopher with an air-tight alibi, said the family’s attorney.
"Most of the time, we deal with gray matters," attorney Rick Flores said, according to KVUE. "It's not normally black or white. But this is one of those cases where I could definitely prove he did not commit this offense."
Nine months after Cristopher was arrested, Flores took the Facebook photo to the prosecutors, who then dropped the charges.
"We are always willing to listen and examine new information, and that's exactly what we did in this case," said Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza, according to KVUE.
No charges have been announced at this time against the woman who filed the false report.