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Women who allegedly threatened Tuscola court officials bound over

Mary Drier/Mike Kaufman

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:56:15 EST

 






The case against a 39-year old Caro woman for allegedly stalking and threatening key Tuscola County officials continues. The preliminary examination of Misty L. Thompson was conducted Friday Jan 14th in the Tuscola County District Court room by Huron County District Judge David B. Herrington.

The case is being handled by the Huron County legal system because Tuscola's judges had to recuse themselves as they are witnesses in the case against Thompson.

"Due to a scheduling issue, Tuscola's District Courtroom was used," explained Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene who is handling the case. Reene can prosecute the case because he did not witness any of the events.

Thompson is charged with five felony counts: carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated stalking, and two counts of possession of a firearm while committing or attempting to commit a felony.

The first three counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison while the felony firearm counts carry a maximum sentence of two years each.

During Friday's preliminary exam, which lasted about four hours, six witnesses were called to testify. They were Tuscola County Probate-Family Court Judge Nancy Thane, and Friend of the Court Tara Hofmeister. Also, from the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department, Det./Sgt. James Hook, Lt., Ted Hull, Sgt. Jordan Wade, and Deputy Kyle Bischer also testified.

"After the testimony, Miss Thompson was bound over to circuit court on all five charges," said Reene, noting another court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

Before the case proceeded against Thompson, a psychiatrist at the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline conducted Thompson's forensic evaluation for competency and criminal responsibility evaluation. In December, she was deemed as competent to stand trial and assist with her defense.

The situation with Thompson started because she was displeased with the handling of a custody case involving her son. She was in and out of the Tuscola Courthouse several times regarding that. The case against Thompson started when she was arrested on Aug. 5, by Tuscola County Sheriff Deputies in the courthouse parking lot.

On the day she was arrested, Thompson had been in and out of the courthouse several times. She returned at 4:30 p.m., which is when the courthouse closed for the day. Due to Thompson's alleged threats and erratic behavior, courthouse personnel gathered to walk out together with 10 deputies escorting them.

Thompson then reportedly drove into the employee parking lot. That was when deputies arrested her. After her arrest, deputies searched her vehicle. They found a loaded handgun, binoculars, a telescope, a baseball bat, and knives.

Also, during the investigation, it was learned Thompson reportedly made inflammatory postings on social media platforms against Probate - Family Court Judge Thane, county referee Tara Hofmeister, attorney Lisa Blanton, and other Tuscola County officials, including Sheriff Glen Skrent, Undersheriff Robert Baxter, and Clerk Jodi Fetting.

Thompson remains lodged in jail with a $2 million cash bond.

 

 

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