A Nevada man was sentenced to five years in prison for interstate stalking for using a telephone to call and send threatening messages to his wife in Maine, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank said in a statement Thursday.

Donald Cain, 49, of Henderson, Nevada, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr.

Woodcook imposed the maximum sentence allowed by statue, noting that Cain’s conduct was “utterly reprehensible” and constituted a “psychological assault” on his wife.

Woodcock said he had “never before seen a stalking crime of such length, intensity, vulgarity, scope, sophistication and impact.”

Cain was working in Calais when he met and married an Aroostook County woman in August 2014. He later moved to San Antonio and his wife remained in Maine.

Frank said that between November 2014 and December 2015, Cain used a telephone to call and send threatening text messages, which “caused substantial emotional distress to his wife.”

Cain pleaded guilty to the charge of interstate stalking on Jan. 11.

Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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