Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Arrest warrant issued in harassment case

Woman fails to appear for sentencing


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Sara Elizabeth Hutchinson

A 5th District Court judge ordered an arrest warrant issued Monday after a former Hailey woman failed to appear in court for sentencing on a felony telephone harassment charge.

"Unfortunately, my client isn't here," said Hailey attorney Keith Roark, who was appointed public defender for 30-year-old Sara Elizabeth Hutchinson, who court records state now lives in Salt Lake City.

Hutchinson was charged with a felony because of a previous misdemeanor telephone harassment conviction in 2007, for which she was given a withheld judgment. Hutchinson was also given a withheld judgment that same year on a conviction of misdemeanor "kidnapping-custodial interference."

Hutchinson pleaded guilty to the latest charge in November 2008.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Hailey Patrol Officer Jameson Sharp states that the telephone harassment was directed at a Hailey man who is the father and has custody of Hutchinson's daughter.

Sharp wrote that Hutchinson made numerous calls to the man in February and March of 2008 in which there were "vulgar accusations" against the man but that on March 26 she left a message that constituted a threat.

"Sara makes a threat towards (the man) that her dad was coming after him and (the man) needed to be careful and watch his back," Sharp wrote. "Sara also stated it was payback time and her daughter was worth dying for."

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According to information discussed in court Monday, it was the second time Hutchinson had failed to appear for sentencing. The earlier time she claimed car problems kept her away.

Roark reported that he had left several telephone messages but had not heard back from his client.

The arrest warrant was issued at the request of Blaine County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback.

"I'll order bond forfeited," Judge Robert J. Elgee said.

Hutchinson had been free on $1,000 bail.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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