If former Congressional candidate Cynthia Clinkingbeard follows all conditions set by her probation officer for the next five years, she can ask a judge to have her guilty plea to a charge of aggravated assault removed from her record.
As part of that probation, Clinkingbeard, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, must take all the appropriate medication, have a guardian, and not possess any weapons during that five year period, according to Idaho court records.
Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail, who granted Clinkingbeard a withheld judgment Monday, also sentenced her to 90 days in jail. That time was suspended. Clinkingbeard must appear in front of Bail in October to make sure she is following all the terms of her probation. If not, jail time is possible.
Boise police arrested Clinkingbeard in March after they say she threatened three employees at a local Staples store with a handgun while trying to get some campaign posters made.
Clinkingbeard pleaded guilty in June to one charge of felony aggravated assault in connection with the incident as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Clinkingbeard wanted to run against 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador for the Democrats in November but lost in the May primary to Jimmy Farris.
Cynthia Clinkingbeards attorney, Bret Shoufler, told a judge earlier this spring that his client was likely in a hypo-manic state during the March 16 incident.
Clinkingbeard, 58, is a former Idaho physician who had her license permanently revoked by the Idaho State Board of Medicine in 2005 for multiple relapses and continuing problems with her diagnosed bipolar disorder.
College of Western Idaho officials suspended Clinkingbeard from her position as an adjunct instructor of health sciences for erratic behavior on March 14 two days before she was arrested on three felony counts of aggravated assault and one count of use of a deadly weapon in commission of a crime.
Store employees told police that Clinkingbeard walked into a Staples store the night of March 16 to ask about printing campaign posters.
But Clinkingbeard began making strange statements about politics and religion, such as telling employees they were going to meet God, police said.
Clinkingbeard was waiting for a ride at the front of the store when, employees told police, she pulled a 9 mm pistol out of a shoulder holster and pointed it at the back of a store manager. Police said she turned on a laser-targeting system and told employees that if she were anywhere else, she would cap him.
The employees told police that Clinkingbeard pointed the gun at other employees before leaving the store.
Prosecutors told a judge earlier this spring that they were concerned that Clinkingbeard might have gone to Staples with the gun because she was stalking an employees family member and suggested that might be connected to why she was suspended from CWI.
Prosecutors did not elaborate on the erratic behavior that got Clinkingbeard suspended from CWI but did ask for a no-contact order protecting the Staples employees.
Clinkingbeard was teaching an entry-level health and wellness course at CWI. She also had taught about two dozen classes at Boise State University since 2006 and was teaching one biology class this spring.
Clinkingbeard has lost her teaching positions at Boise State and CWI.