John Paul Warner

John Paul Warner walks to the defendant’s table Tuesday in Gallatin County District Court to be sentenced.

A Bozeman man was given a suspended sentence Tuesday for threatening to kill a police officer and her family while being taken to the Gallatin County jail on an alleged parole violation.

John Paul Warner, 36, was sentenced for disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer, both misdemeanors. He appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a felony intimidation charge when he pleaded guilty to the lesser offenses.

Warner is still being held at the Gallatin County jail for an alleged probation violation from Lewis and Clark County.

In March, Warner and a friend were arguing at a bar after Warner pulled a knife and threatened to stab two girls, according to charging documents. Warner then left the bar.

Police said in charging documents that Warner was walking away from the bar when a female officer stopped him. The officer arrested him.

While on his way to jail, police said Warner “belligerently” and “maniacally” threatened the officer several times, including threatening to kill her and her family with a knife. Warner told the officer he was “gonna have so much fun doing it.”

Police said Warner also referenced a jacket and bandana he was wearing, and said he was “patched in.”

“I will lick the blood off of the knife,” Warner told the officer.

In court on Tuesday, Warner’s attorney, Kirsten Mull Core, said he was polite and respectful with her throughout her time on his case. She said Warner has a mental health condition and that, upon his release, he would go live with his mom in Washington.

“She could help him deal with some of his mental health issues,” Mull Core said.

Before issuing her sentence, Judge Brown asked Warner if he had anything to say about the incident. Warner said he was sorry for what he did.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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