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Billings man allegedly tells ex-girlfriend he won't end harassment until both are dead

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Slevira is accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend (YCDF) Slevira is accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend (YCDF)
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After she ended their decade-long relationship, a Billings woman claims her boyfriend threatened to kill her and said the threats would not end until “my hands and face are covered in fresh blood.”

The woman filed for an order of protection against her boyfriend, but prosecutors argue Benjamin Slevira continued sending terrorizing messages.

Slevira, 38, made his initial appearance on Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on one count of felony stalking, one count of misdemeanor stalking and one county of felony tampering with witnesses and informants.

Slevira’s girlfriend ended their relationship in March after 10 years together.

According to court documents, Slevira began sending the woman messages on Facebook, claiming that he was watching her and threatened that she would “pay for” the breakup.

The woman applied for a temporary restraining order against Slevira, who responded by calling her and threatening to slit her throat in the middle of the night.

The woman was later granted the order of protection against Slevira.

Slevira then allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and said the state could take their children as long as none of them were alive.

“Cops can shoot me too,” said Slevira in one Facebook message to the woman.

Slevira allegedly continued making threats by phone and on Facebook and even created different social media accounts to harass the woman when she blocked him.

“This will not end until my hands and face are covered in fresh blood,” said one message from Slevira.

Slevira told the woman he had her phone tapped and was listening to everything she said.

Slevira was later arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to jail.

In a recorded phone call that Slevira made to his mother from jail, he demanded his mother give him the woman’s phone number.

“Either you give me her f***ing number or I’ll have you did in,” said Slevira to his mother.

Slevira’s mother declined her son’s request.

According to court documents, Slevira then had a person by the name of “Zach” call his mother pretending to be his attorney and asking her to relay a message to the victim.

The city attorney’s office was consulted about the call and stated it was highly unlikely Slevira’s attorney would make a phone call from the inmate phone service.

Investigators later learned that Slevira had sent the victim handwritten letters from jail with another inmate’s name in the return address.

“I’ll be home soon, my freedom and life is in “your” hands,” said the letter.

In his letter, Slevira asked the woman to stop talking to investigators about the case and said “it’s not going to make anything better if anything (it will) be worse more anger, hate, fear, the devil.”

The letter went on to say “I will counting down the days, the hours, and seconds until I get to hold and see you again at the gates of heaven.”

The woman said she and her children have had to move, change their phone numbers and seek counseling because of the threats.

Slevira is being held at the Yellowstone County jail on $80,000 bond.

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