Canadian to be sentenced in Boston for 'campaign of terror' against ex-fiancee

BOSTON – A Canadian man who prosecutors say has waged a relentless campaign of terror on his American ex-fiancee is expected to be sentenced today in Boston.

U.S. prosecutors say the only way to keep Phillip Andrew Bauer from killing the woman and her family is to keep him behind bars for 10 years.

They say Bauer battered the woman after their relationship ended and has since vowed to kill her and two of her sisters if the family does not give him thousands of dollars he believes he is owed.

Prosecutors say the woman, who is not identified in the federal court documents, lives in constant fear, as Bauer continued sending threatening letters even after he was arrested in February 2011.

Bauer pleaded guilty earlier this year in Boston to two counts of stalking and one count of mailing threatening communications to the woman and her family.

Bauer’s lawyer asked for his sentencing arguments to be sealed, so as not to reveal “sensitive” information about his immediate family.

There are references in court documents to deportation proceedings but it’s unclear where in Canada the man used to live, though one letter contains a reference to Vancouver.

Prosecutors say the woman has dropped out of college, relocated and changed her name but still lives in constant fear.

The threats began after the former couple got into an argument at their Arlington, Mass., home about their upcoming wedding and Bauer threatened to kill the woman if she left him, prosecutors say. He said he would cut off her head if she contacted police and had him deported, according to an FBI affidavit, which says he was in the U.S. illegally.

The woman fled to her sister’s home in California and got a restraining order against Bauer, but he wrote that neither restraining orders nor jail would stop him.

“You and your family are going to pay for what you did to me,” Bauer wrote in April 2011, according to the prosecutors.