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Man allegedly threatened to harm his mother

A 31-year-old Missoula man was in custody last week after he allegedly threatened to harm his mother and several of his acquaintances if she didn't give him money from a trust fund so he could buy a handgun.

Court documents allege that Robert S. Jasperson, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, said if he didn't receive the money by 6 p.m. on Monday, "he would kill certain 'low-life people' and would 'go down in a blaze of glory.' "

He allegedly threatened to kill another couple and their son by shooting them with mercury-tipped bullets.

He was arrested by police Monday afternoon and charged with intimidation, a felony.

During a Justice Court appearance Tuesday, Jasperson told Judge John Odlin that he could hire his own attorney if he could get at his money in the trust fund.

"I think that money should be used to hire a decent attorney to represent me," he said.

After Jasperson told the judge a second time that his money was tied up, Odlin ordered that a public defender be appointed.

Deputy County Attorney Kirsten LaCroix asked that Jasperson be held on $50,000 bond because of the gravity of the threats and the volatility of Jasperson's mental state.

Odlin told Jasperson that if he were released he could not possess weapons or have contact with anyone listed in the criminal complaint.

Odlin ordered Jasperson held in the Missoula County Detention Facility on $50,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for May 8.

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