Seven months after being paroled, Cody Robert Judy is back in prison after Adult Probation and Parole officials say he violated a protective order.
Judy, who was convicted of threatening an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a fake bomb during a 1993 fireside at Brigham Young University, was arrested Monday morning by AP&P agents when he showed up for his weekly meeting with his probation officer.
The officials say Judy, 35, violated the terms of a protective order when he visited his children at his ex-wife's home Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
When he was arrested, Judy told parole agents, "I had no idea there was a protective order," AP&P spokesman Brad Bassi said.
"Cody incorrectly assumed that once he was out of (prison) the no-contact order was still invalid," said Chris Dexter, Judy's lawyer. "That's what we're in the process of finding out if there was a time limit on that."
Judy parked his car about a block away from the house, went to the back gate and tried to get the attention of daughter and two sons, Bassi said.
The children came to the back gate where Judy gave them Utah Jazz tickets, a birthday card and T-shirts, according to an AP&P report.
The husband of Judy's ex-wife went outside when he saw Judy and told him to leave, Bassi said. After Judy left, the husband called police.
Judy was arrested Monday for violating a protective order and violating the terms of his probation.
Judy's mother, who fought for several years to have her son released from prison, called the whole incident a "misunderstanding."
"Cody hasn't done anything wrong," Judy's mother said. "The husband stepped out and said he shouldn't be on his property, so Cody apologized and left."
Judy's mother says she is also fighting for her son to have unsupervised visits with his three children.
Since his release from prison in November, Judy has had two supervised visits with the kids, Dexter said. Judy's former parents-in-law supervised both visits, Dexter said.
"There was so much intervention that he didn't want to go back, it just depressed him," Dexter said.
Cody's former father-in-law, who was appointed by the court to arrange visits with Judy and his children, did not respond to requests for Judy to see his children over the weekend, Dexter said.
"There was an effort made to go through the former father-in-law," Dexter said. "The father-in-law never followed up and didn't make it happen."
AP&P officials, however, were suspicious that Judy made the effort to park his car a block away and contact his children through the back gate, Bassi said.
Judy was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for charging the Marriott Center stage at BYU on Feb. 7, 1993, with what he said was a bomb. In front of 17,000 people, Judy ordered President Howard W. Hunter, then president of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to read a letter declaring Judy the next prophet. Hunter refused to read the letter, and Judy was eventually subdued by audience members. The "bomb" turned out to be some books and a radio.
Judy has since denied ever wanting to be the prophet.