On probation: Halfaday charged with another violation
Even in jail, James Halfaday can't seem to stay out of trouble. The City Council candidate who didn't live in the city served two months for felony election fraud, picked up four months for probation violation, and, while serving that sentence in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, has been charged with a second probation violation.
Plans were underway to send Halfaday back to live with his mother in Illinois before this latest setback.
The good behavior violation was issued by Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Claude Worrell, who declined to comment on the specifics of the charge. A judge ordered the file sealed April 30.
The first probation violation came after the 33-year-old sent threatening emails to his former partner that included a photo of a chihuahua lying beside vomit. That and the 13-minute video of the couple's cat, Volley, which ended with Volley being euthanized, convinced Worrell that Halfaday was a danger to his ex and should serve his full five-year sentence.
But in February, a judge okayed the idea of shipping Halfaday back to Illinois, and the four-month sentence was to allow time for the transfer to be made.
That journey appears to be derailed with the latest charge. Halfaday will be in court again June 17.
Halfaday's run for City Council in 2011 became increasingly bizarre. The city's first openly gay council candidate falsely claimed he owned Snap Fitness gym. He filed multiple donations of $499 from people who said they'd never given him money. And he made a bogus allegation that he was being stalked by another candidate's campaign worker, traumatizing that woman when she was arrested for violating an emergency protective order– a charge that was thrown out of court.Read more on: james halfaday