By Caleb Hutton
A Custer man started serving a 60-day jail sentence Tuesday, Aug. 14, for stealing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and telling her, over text message, to “please” kill herself.
Troy Lane Judge, 42, was convicted of cyber stalking and third-degree theft in June.
The defendant confronted his 43-year-old ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of the Silver Reef Casino on a night in September 2011, about 10 months after they broke up. He yelled expletives at her, according to charging documents.
She went inside the casino and tried to ignore him. But Judge followed her, called her a few more names, and “yelled out that she was a drug dealer,” wrote Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dona Bracke.
Judge then went outside to his ex’s car. Security cameras caught him opening the front door. From there, he opened the car’s trunk and took the woman’s purse, containing about $250, a curling iron, a credit card and makeup inside.
Judge sent 52 text messages to his ex the next day. In one of the messages he wrote, “I want you to end your own life please” (sic), according to the charges.
Later, he showed up at her home, threw her purse at her and left. When deputies arrested him, he said he knew it was about the night at the casino. But he insisted “he just needed to get his own stuff from her car,” according to Bracke.
Court records don’t mention what angered Judge in the first place.
A judge sentenced Judge to a two-year prison term, with all but 60 days of the sentence suspended. So if he violates the terms of his probation, he could end up with a lot more time behind bars. He’s not allowed to be within 500 feet of the victim until June 14, 2013.