A Kelowna woman who made national headlines last year when was arrested in the US for allegedly making death threats against her hockey-playing love interest is now off the hook.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office dropped gross misdemeanor harassment charges against Tieja Anne MacLaughlin, as per the conditions of her release last year.
If she had breached her conditions, which included a no-contact order with the accused and counselling, the prosecutor’s office would have been compelled to pursue further legal action.
Court documents released at the time of her arrest indicated that Jan. 17 2014, MacLaughlin had a phone conversation with Jackson Playfair, who was in Kennewick Washington as part of a hockey team. In that conversation, Playfair said he had cheated on her with another girl while in Spokane.
“The defendant became upset and began to make verbal threats toward him,” reads the document.
“She advised him that by (Saturday) night he would be dead. Mr. Playfair advised that she threatened to kill him several times during the phone conversation.”
MacLaughlin then drove to Washington from Kelowna, continuing threats along the way. Police intervened, at the behest of Playfair, but MacLaughlin kept trying to make contact from the hotel room she’d rented.
MacLaughlin was told again that she needed to leave, and if she contacted Playfair she would be arrested. She didn’t listen and was taken into custody.
Playfair is the son of NHL player and coach Jim Playfair
MacLaughlin no longer resides in Kelowna.