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Woman sentenced after ignoring deputy's warning about stalking man she had affair with

BEMIDJI – A 40-year-old Hill City woman has been sentenced for stalking a man with whom she’d had an affair.

Rhonda Jean Hjelden was sentenced Dec. 10 by Beltrami County District Judge John Melbye for gross misdemeanor stalking.

She was given a one-year jail sentence with 362 days stayed for one year. She was ordered to serve three days in jail, pay or work off a $500 fine, pay $160 in fees and serve one year of probation.

Hjelden is accused of repeatedly contacting a Blackduck man with whom she had had an affair after she was warned by Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office to stop doing so.

According the criminal complaint, the man tried repeatedly to break off the relationship but Hjelden threatened to expose the affair to the man’s wife. The man told his wife about the affair and ended it, but Hjelden continued to repeatedly send text and voice messages and emails to him.