Maggie Albertson, Minot, might have to quit job if she takes plea deal on child neglect, assault charge

A plea deal for a woman accused of child neglect, kicking a police officer and trespassing at her neighbors’ apartment last November could be even more costly than a jail sentence.

Maggie Marie Albertson, 30, Minot, had been prepared to plead guilty on Wednesday to two of the felony charges, Class C felony child neglect and Class C felony simple assault on a police officer. The state would then drop two other C felonies, the Class C felony trespass and another Class C felony count of simple assault.

However, as part of the deal, the state’s attorney’s office wants to ban her from contact with the neighbors she is accused of barging in on on Nov. 23, reportedly looking for marijuana she had paid for that was not delivered. The neighbors had denied knowing Albertson, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, or supplying Albertson with marijuana.

“I work with her,” Albertson told Judge Todd Cresap, indicating that she works with one of her neighbors at a local restaurant and also lives in the same building with them.

Prosecutor Christopher Nelson told her that “that’s the deal” and she might need to find another job.

Cresap then decided to continue the sentencing hearing to allow Albertson more time to think about the deal and to give the state’s attorney’s office time to contact her neighbors to see what they want.

It’s one thing to sentence someone to jail, Cresap remarked, but kicking them out of their house and taking their job away is “a recipe for disaster.”

Under the terms of the plea deal, Albertson would receive a two year deferred imposition of sentence on child neglect charge and would be on two years of probation. She would also have obtain a chemical dependency evaluation. On the simple assault on a police officer charge, she would be sentenced to one year in jail, all suspended but 30 days, and two years of supervised probation. She would also be required to pay court costs.

Albertson’s attorney asked if she could serve the sentence via electronic home monitoring and be given work release. Cresap said that would be up to the Ward County Sheriff’s Office.

Albertson is accused of being too intoxicated to care for her baby daughter on Nov. 23. According to court documents, she left the child unattended when she went to the neighbor’s apartment and entered without their permission. Police were called and Albertson kicked one of the officers in the leg when she was arrested. They took her to the hospital to be checked out and then to the Ward County Jail, where she reared back and struck the right side of another officer’s face with the back of her head while she was being searched.

A family member was called to care for the daughter after the arrest.