Via Andrew Wellner at the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:
A Pennsylvania man accused of harassing Sarah Palin’s lawyers and stalking the former governor and her friends has been released from jail and sent home pending a sentencing hearing later this month.
According to court documents, Shawn Christy of McAdoo, Penn., was ordered into home confinement May 16. Federal officials intend to get him a plane ticket to appear at a hearing in Anchorage June 8.
Christy’s father, Craig Christy, also was charged with harassing the lawyers. No such orders were present in the elder Christy’s file as of Saturday morning, but federal prison databases show he was released May 25, though it’s unclear in court records if that date is accurate.
In March, both were set to see the end of their cases with a sentence on charges of making harassing phone calls. Judge Timothy Burgess ordered the two men sent to out-of-state federal prisons for psychiatric evaluations.
Shawn Christy’s lawyers, in their pleadings, seem to indicate that the findings of those evaluations were favorable for at least the younger Christy. The elder Christy’s lawyers appear to have only recently received the results of that evaluation and haven’t yet made mention of what the report found.
The charges stem from a series of phone calls placed to Fairbanks attorney John Tiemessen, who received a restraining order against the Christys on behalf of the former governor and her family.
The Christys started calling Tiemessen’s offices, at one point placing 25 phone calls in an hour, sometimes leaving threatening voicemails.
The initial restraining order was the result of various communications Shawn Christy had with the Palins and others, one of which included receipts relating to the purchase and sale of a gun. Shawn Christy said the gun-related receipts were intended to show he was harmless. It all came to a head when he flew to Alaska for a very brief visit in February 2011.
Since then, the case has meandered through court, with Burgess balking at a plea agreement, the Christys agreeing to go ahead without an agreement and just plead to the charges, and now the court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.