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Bradshaw admits to probationary sentence violation

The former fiancee of the man who shot Missoula Police Officer Bob Heinle is being held in the Missoula County Detention Center because she violated her probation.

Amber Bradshaw, 19, admitted in Missoula District Court this week that she violated the probationary sentence she received on a theft charge by failing to report to her probation officer in February and testing positive for marijuana in March.

Bradshaw originally was charged in a string of thefts she committed with James Gene Martin. She received six years on probation, as a result of a plea arrangement, after agreeing to testify that Martin took a gun stolen from his grandfather with him when he tried to pass a forged check at a downtown bank.

She also testified at Martin's trial that she heard Heinle tell Martin to stop as he followed him around the bank at Orange Street and West Broadway and told of Martin's threatening letters trying to persuade her not to testify against him.

Bradshaw, who was pregnant with Martin's child at the time of the Heinle's shooting, asked District Judge Douglas Harkin for permission to see her 10-month-old daughter at the jail.

Harkin said any decision about visitation would be made by detention facility personnel. She remains in custody on $50,000 bond.

A hearing on Bradshaw's case is scheduled for May 8.

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