Stidham back in jail for violating conditions
October 17, 2013
A Havre woman originally arrested for attempted murder, later downgraded to assault with a weapon, is back in the county jail awaiting a hearing on claims she violated conditions of her release.
Cindy Stidham, born in 1966, was in the Hill County Detention Center this morning on $60,000 bond.
Stidham was charged June 28 with a felony count of assault with a weapon and two counts of partner or family member assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors, after she was accused of forcing her way into her estranged husband’s residence and business and allegedly pointing a handgun at him.
Her husband, Randy Stidham, told investigating officers that she cocked a .22 caliber pistol that belonged to him and and pointed it at him. He knocked it out of her hands, he said.
After a struggle, Cindy Stidham left and later was located at her residence by Hill County deputies.
Randy Stidham told officers that he noticed after Cindy Stidham left that his gun had jammed.
He told officers he was glad she had not grabbed his 9 mm pistol because it does not jam and he would have been shot.
This week in state District Court in Havre, Stidham admitted to four and denied two claims she had violated conditions set when she was released on bond awaiting trial.
Stidham was issued a summons to answer charges that on Oct. 1 she had consumed alcohol, had contact with the victim and had failed to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, including for going to a Havre bar and drinking with the alleged victim with whom she was to have no contact.
Oct. 8, she was arrested for alleged violations including for not being law abiding, for consuming alcohol and for having contact with the victim, again for going drinking with Randy Stidham at a Havre bar.
Cindy Stidham denied two of the allegations filed Oct. 2, that she had consumed alcohol and failed to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, and admitted to both claims of having contact with the victim and the allegations filed Oct. 9 that she had consumed alcohol and failed to remain law abiding.
Officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana on Stidham when she was arrested Oct. 8, court documents said.