A Fort Bend County jury convicted Pamela Sue Kahlden of Harassment on November 29, 2017. Judge Ronald Cohen then sentenced to her to serve 30 days in jail as a condition of her probation. The 50-year-old Sugar Land resident was charged with the crime after making repeated phone calls to her ex-husband’s girlfriend in 2015.
According to lead prosecutor Adrianne Norman, Kahlden plead guilty to harassing this same victim in 2013. She was placed on 6 months deferred adjudication – a type of probation that if completed successfully, does not result in a final conviction. The harassment stopped while the defendant was on probation, but began again as soon as the probation expired in 2015. Kahlden’s conduct led to charges being filed in this case. The victim had been dating Kahlden’s ex-husband since 2011. The defendant would call and leave vile, hateful, jealous voice mails for the victim – sometimes more than 10 voice mails a day.
“I asked the jury to send a message and tell Kahlden that enough was enough,” said Norman. “The law protects the victim from the defendant’s actions. The jury agreed and held her accountable.”
“And since the defendant did not learn her lesson the first time,” Norman continued, “the State asked the Court to assess 30 days in jail as a condition of Kahlden’s probation this time.”
The victim testified that the defendant continued to leave her more than 50 voicemails even after this case was filed. After the testimony, Judge Cohen sentenced the defendant to 12 months’ probation and 30 days in jail. Kahlden was immediately taken into custody.
Kahlden was tried in County Court at Law No. 5. Harassment in this case is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000. Kahlden is also required to take an anger management class as part of her probation and to have no contact with the victim.
Assistant District Attorneys Adrianne Norman and Madison Limbacher prosecuted the case. Attorney Roderick Glass represented the defendant.