Former political candidate pleads guilty in gun threat case

Former political candidate pleads guilty in gun threat case
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Former congressional candidate and doctor Cynthia Clinkingbeard has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a case stemming from a March incident at a Boise Staples store.

Prosecutors say Clinkingbeard threatened store employees with a handgun.

Employees at the store told police she was buying campaign posters when she started talking about religion and how they were "going to meet God."

Her defense attorney says Clinkingbeard was in a hypo-manic state and needed to be sent to a mental health care facility.

Originally, Clinkingbeard was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one charge of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. Two of the assault charges and the weapons charge have been dropped.

Clinkingbeard is scheduled to be sentenced August 6.

The judge has also ordered a mental health assessment be done prior to the sentencing.

The maximum penalty for aggravated assault is five years in prison and a $5000 fine.

Clinkingbeard lost in the Idaho Democratic Primary in May against Jimmy Farris in the race to see who will run against Raul Labrador in Idaho's 1st Congressional District this November.