Kurt Kroboth Back Behind Bars for Probation Violation

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

August 16, 2013

A man convicted of trying to kill his wife in Albemarle County nearly ten years ago is back in jail.

Investigators say Kurt Kroboth has violated his probation twice this year.

Kroboth pleaded guilty in 2006 to trying to kill his wife on Halloween night while wearing a mask. Prosecutors say Kroboth was trying to avoid a costly divorce settlement.

Kroboth was released from prison in 2011 and moved to Arizona to live with his parents.

But prosecutors say the trouble started in January of this year, when Kroboth was granted permission by his probation officers to take a trip to San Francisco with his girlfriend. During that trip, Kroboth took an unsanctioned trip to Eugene, Oregon, to visit his son.

Court records say his son was "frightened" to learn that his father was waiting for him at his apartment, and he sought a restraining order.

Now officials say Kroboth has violated his probation a second time by refusing to sign the probation agreement in Arizona, in an attempt to get out of supervision altogether.

When he refused to sign the agreement, his probation officers urged him to return to Virginia, according to court records. Kroboth complied, and was arrested on Wednesday by Albemarle County Police.

Court records claim that Kroboth said his ex-wife was still "playing the role of the victim" and blamed her for the restraining order from his son.

He is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail awaiting a probation violation hearing on Sept. 4.

Legal experts say the judge could decide to order Kroboth back to prison for years. He has 22 years and six months of a suspended sentence remaining from his attempted murder conviction.

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