Lamar County woman indicted for cyberstalking

Lamar County woman indicted for cyberstalking
Keri Jo Ford

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County woman has been indicted for cyberstalking of a Purvis teen.

Keri Jo Ford, 38, of Purvis was arrested Friday and charged with one count of cyber-stalking. Ford was later released on a $1,000 bond.

According to the indictment, between Sept. 1st 2014 and Sept. 4th 2014 did willfully, unlawfully, intentionally and feloniously electronically communicate to another repeatedly for the purpose of harassing any person: to wit did repeatedly electronically communicate with Joseph Barrett, 19, for the purpose of harassing him.

According to family members of Barrett, Ford was the mother of his ex-girlfriend.

Joseph Lee "Joe" Barrett of Lumberton died Sept. 4th 2014 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to 15th Circuit District Attorney Hal Kittrill the Barrett family contacted our office about the interaction between Ford and Barrett.

"The family then contacted the Attorney General's office and worked with the cybercrime unit," said Kittrill.

Through the course of the investigation the phone records were dumped by the cybercrime unit, and the information pertaining to the case was given back to the 15th Circuit District Attorney's Office.

"We presented what we believe to be the most appropriate charge for the case, and that's what the grand jury returned based on the facts that we had in hand," said Kittrill.

According to the District Attorney's office, the offense carries no more than two years in prison with no more than a $5,000 fine.