Former Law Firm Partner Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Cyberstalking

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WILLIE DENNIS was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff to two years in prison for cyberstalking three victims, all his former colleagues at a global law firm (the “Law Firm”).  DENNIS was convicted in October 2022 following a one-week trial before Judge Rakoff.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Willie Dennis, a former law firm partner in Manhattan, waged a relentless cyberstalking campaign against his own former colleagues.  During the years-long, merciless harassment, Dennis’s victims were forced to change their ways of living out of fear that Dennis would make good on his threats.  The sentence imposed today ensures that Dennis’s victims will no longer needlessly endure his attacks.”

According to the Indictment, documents previously filed in the case, and the evidence introduced at trial:

WILLIE DENNIS, a former partner at the Law Firm, engaged in a years-long campaign of harassment, intimidation, and threats against his victims, who were partners at the Law Firm.  As part of that campaign, DENNIS sent the victims thousands of harassing, threatening, and intimidating emails and text messages.  Despite having been warned by the Law Firm over and over again that his communications were unwanted, abusive, and harassing, DENNIS continued to send nonstop messages to his former partners.  He sent the messages at all hours of the day and night.  DENNIS targeted the victims and their families, and he threatened their physical safety.  He demeaned the victims, called some of them by racist and antisemitic names, and warned them that they would become “biblical symbols.”  In his threats, he told one victim to “sleep with one eye open.”

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In addition to his prison term, DENNIS, 60, of New York, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah L. Kushner, Stephanie Simon, and Kimberly Ravener are in charge of the prosecution.