DENVER – Kristen Leigh Hall, age 38, from Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver for interstate stalking and making threatening communications, United States Attorney David Gaouette and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis announced. Hall was arrested in Pennsylvania on February 25, 2010. On that day she made her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. She is being held without bond, pending a detention hearing which will be held in Pittsburgh. The indictment was returned by the federal grand jury on February 23, 2010.
According to the indictment, between July 2009 and February 2010, the defendant, Kristin Leigh Hall, intentionally harassed and caused emotional distress to a Denver, Colorado woman and her family, using both the telephone and a computer. The defendant allegedly placed the victim and her family in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury.
Specifically, on December 31, 2009, Hall, while in Pennsylvania telephoned the victim in Colorado threatening to “kick your ass” and “show up at your place with a crowbar”. The defendant also said “I’m not going to kill you or anything but a little assault and battery charge won’t do anything for me.”
On January 10, 2010, Hall sent an e-mail from Pennsylvania to Colorado, stating to the victim that she was going to “pepper spray” the defendant. On January 15, 2010, the defendant sent another email stating that she would stun and kick the victim. Other more obscene threats were also made.
If convicted, Hall faces not more than 5 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts in the indictment.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania assisted in handling initial court appearances after the defendant’s arrest in Pittsburgh.
Hall is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Davies, who leads the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions section.
The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.