A Colorado woman will be sentenced next month for attempting to set up her ex-boyfriend to be arrested for violating a restraining order so she could would benefit in their ongoing child custody dispute, according to the Greeley Tribune.
Amanda Clinesmith, 21, pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public official. Clinesmith reportedly called Greeley police late on the night of May 28 to complain that her former boyfriend, Travis Ehrlick, came to her house and threatened to shoot her. The newspaper said she told police he had come over at noon the day before to see their two children but she would not let him see his kids.
In addition, Clinesmith reportedly told police Ehrlick was drunk, had never tried to enter the house and simply left when their argument was over. Police reportedly questioned the validity of her story, and reached out to Ehrlick, who had actually been working until 2:10 a.m. on the day of the alleged altercation.
Authorities went to Clinesmith’s home on two occasions for a second interview but she did not answer the door, according to the source. She was arrested on June 2.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in spring 2008 an estimated 13.7 million parents had custody of about 21.8 million children under 21 years of age while the other parent lived somewhere else.