Wilfred McKenzie, 57, of Ceres, faces a possible maximum term of nine years, eight months in state prison following his conviction of terrorizing his estranged wife last year.
McKenzie was convicted by a Stanislaus County Superior Court jury on Nov. 25, of stalking, attempted criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon on three separate victims along with an enhancement for committing those counts while being out on bail on a separate case of ignoring a restraining order.
McKenzie tried to run his estranged wife off the road in Ceres by ramming his vehicle into hers on Dec. 16, 2014. Two Good Samaritan drivers who saw the aggressive move placed their vehicles between McKenzie's car and the victim's in an attempt to let her escape. However, McKenzie accelerated to catch up and rammed her vehicle. He inadvertently collided with an uninvolved car, causing the injuries of two occupants. When officers arrived on scene, McKenzie admitted most of his conduct, claiming he was only trying to "scare" the victim.
Deputy District Monika Saini of the Special Victims Unit of the District Attorney's Office said McKenzie continuously harassed the victim between Aug. 4 and Dec. 26, 2014, by repeatedly coming by her house, sending her mail, leaving profane or vulgar voicemails, vandalizing her property and threatening to harm her - all in violation of a previously issued domestic violence restraining order.
McKenzie was taken into custody pending sentencing on Dec. 28, before Judge Linda McFadden.