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Repeat offender breaks parole

Steven Patrick Haffey has a long string of violent and threatening behavior.

He's now headed to the Montana State Prison, and by pleading guilty in Missoula District Court to assaulting a police officer, Haffey has violated his parole on a previous charge and will face the possibility of an even longer prison term at sentencing next week.

Haffey's latest problem centered on a July 16 incident that saw him flee police by jumping out of a third-floor window at the downtown Howard's Apartment building.

Police went to Haffey's apartment after a woman who lives on North First Street told officers he'd thrown rocks through a window of her home after an altercation, according to court documents.

When officers gained entry to his room, Haffey fled through the window, hung onto the wall two stories up, then grabbed the wire supporting the lighted Missoula Club sign before falling some 13 feet to the ground.

Haffey then slugged Officer Ken Wickman in the face and continued to struggle with him until Officer Shaun Paul arrived to help.

District Judge Ed McLean said he agreed to a plea arrangement that sent Haffey to prison for 10 years with four years suspended only because he could be facing a 30-year additional prison sentence because of the parole violation.

"I would not have accepted it if that wasn't coming down the pike," said McLean.

Haffey also was sentenced to two six-month jail terms for obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

"Without incarceration, you would pose a substantial risk," said McLean.

Haffey, who a psychiatrist said suffers from antisocial personality disorder, was first charged with felony assault after he pulled a .22-caliber pistol and threatened a customer at a McDonald's restaurant in 1993.

Earlier that July day, he pointed the weapon at a friend at Johnsrud Park, fired several shots toward some rafters in the Blackfoot River, then pointed the pistol at a couple of in-line skaters he was driving by on Highway 200.

In December 1993, McLean sentenced Haffey to 10 years in prison custody, then added 10 years for three additional felony assault charges and 10 more years for the use of a gun.

Those terms were suspended but ordered to run consecutive to the first 10-year term. Thus with the parole violation, he could receive a 40-year prison sentence.

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