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Christianson pleads guilty to stalking charges; judge defers acceptance of plea

Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott

Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott

Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of stalking, aggravated harassment, and vehicular endangerment as part of a plea agreement, but Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley deferred acceptance of the plea agreement until July 23 to allow victims to be notified and the creation of a pre-sentence report.

As part of the agreement, Christianson pled guilty to two counts of stalking and aggravated harassment in connection with several incidents in which she drove past an officer's home, waited in her car near his home, and showed up on calls he answered between Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, 2011.

Christianson also pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular endangerment in connection with a Nov. 27 incident in which witnesses told police she drove into their lane, almost hit their van, crossed the median into oncoming traffic and hit the curb several times as well as a stalking charge in connection with an April 14, 2012 incident in which a Prescott police officer saw her following another police officer.

Deputy County Attorney Cynthia Spitler said she and Christianson's attorney John E. Kelly were discussing revisions in the plea agreement as late as last Thursday and asked that Ainley defer acceptance of the plea.

"It's my understanding the state is offering three years probation," Kelly said.

Ainley told Christianson that the length of probation for each staking charge could range from three years to lifetime probation and that probation for the endangerment and aggravated harassment charges could be no more than three years. Ainley also told Christianson that she may have to pay restitution to the victims.

"A stipulation is that you have no contact with the victims, do you understand?" Ainley asked Christianson.

"Yes, your honor," Christianson said.

Ainley also said that if Christianson is on unsupervised probation and pleads guilty to these charges that she could face up to six months in jail.

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