A Butte man previously sentenced to prison for threatening to kill a police officer and who in May was arrested in three separate incidents is in trouble with the law again.
In 2006 Richard Girard, 38, of Butte was sentenced to 10 years in the Montana State Prison with five suspended for felony intimidation. According to court documents, Girard threatened to kill a police officer during a traffic stop, going as far as describing where the officer lived. He was released from prison in 2011.
The most recent incident involving Girard took place Sunday afternoon.
Undersheriff George Skuletich said police received a call around 1 p.m. from a resident on the 600 block of Crystal Street who said that the man was loitering in his yard and throwing rocks at his home.
When officers arrived, Skuletich said, Girard was speaking irrationally and told officers he would have his dragons attack them if they tried to arrest him. Before being apprehended by the officers, Girard began removing planks from the yard’s fence in an attempt to get away. He was taken to Butte jail, where he was cited with trespassing and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.
Girard’s arrest comes just months after he was accused of a series of crimes in May and April. In one of the incidents, police arrested him for trespassing May 5 after officers found him in the Kelley mineyard shoeless and hitting himself in the head with rocks.
According to police accounts at the time, officers arrested Girard, but not until shooting him twice with a stun gun. He bonded out of jail the next day, May 6, but was in police custody again hours later after a man accused Girard of striking him in the face and back with a weapon. Upon their arrival, police said they observed that the doors of the victim’s home were open, that there was blood in the residence and that Girard was sitting on the porch of another house, located across the street. The owner of the home told officers she did not known Girard. Girard is also facing a possession of dangerous drugs charge in relation to an April 20 incident in which police allegedly discovered him in possession of 14 methadone pills.
Trials are pending for the May assault, Kelley mineyard incident and the possession of dangerous drugs charge. Samm Cox, deputy county attorney, said a judge has ordered a mental evaluation in the dangerous drugs case and the outcome for all three cases could depend on the result of the evaluation.
Girard, meanwhile, has been released from Butte jail having paid a bond of $770. A trial has been set Oct. 3 for the Kelley mineyard incident.