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Meeker woman who threatened judge to receive deferred judgement

Resident pleads guilty to stalking charge

Ryan Sheridan

A woman accused of threatening the life of a local judge and her family has pleaded guilty to stalking and harassment charges as part

of a plea agreement.

Carla Rae Allen, 40, of Meeker pleaded guilty to attempted stalking, a class 6 felony, and telephone harassment, a class 3 misdemeanor in a plea agreement in court Friday in Meeker.

Allen was accused of threatening the lives of Judge Mary Lynn James, Dr. David James and their son, John.

As part of the plea agreement, the felony charge will be handled under a deferred judgement with a two-year probationary period.

Under a deferred judgement agreement, if Allen does not commit any offenses during the two-year probation, the charges will be dropped. Any infractions will cause sentences to be imposed on the attempted stalking charge in addition to any other punishments for the new offense.

Allen was arrested on two counts of felony stalking on Jan. 25 after the Meeker police received tape recordings from Dr. James of telephone calls made by Allen on Dec. 30 to the James’ residence. Numerous threats of physical violence against Judge James, Dr. James and their son were left on the family’s answering machine, according to court documents.

On Jan. 28, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assigned to guard the Moffat County Courthouse during its hours of operation, in part because of the threats made against Judge James.

The funds for the extra security were provided and approved by the Moffat County commissioners. For three weeks, a deputy was on duty at the courthouse. The cost of having a deputy on duty at the courthouse was approximately $1,200 a week.

Allen is due in court on June 14 for a sentencing hearing. She was also ordered to undergo a pre-sentence investigation for sentence recommendations.

A restraining order prohibiting Allen from approaching members of the James family has been in effect since her arrest on Jan. 25. She is free on $50,000 bond.

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