Feb 20, 2013 11:55 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

Gray makes initial court appearance in Helena for probation violation

HELENA - Angelica Melody Gray made her initial appearance in District Court on Wednesday morning after being brought back by law enforcement from California last week.

The 22-year old mother of two is in jail on violations of her probation for leaving the state without permission.

Gray's court-appointed attorney told Judge Menahan that Gray has her own attorney who wasn't present in court during today's hearing.

Despite that, the judge chose to let Gray know what she faces for the alleged violation.

Gray was previously given a deferred sentence for two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. One of those was for psilocybin mushrooms, the other for marijuana.

In the petition to revoke, Gray could face up to five years in prison for each count.

The County Attorney's office is still deciding what charges to file against Gray for leaving her children alone at the YWCA in December when she was reported missing; her disappearance sparked a large search by several law enforcement agencies.

Gray remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

(December 31, 2012) Angelica Melody Gray, the Helena woman who was reported missing on December 11th, is alive and currently being detained in Los Angeles, California, according to Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.

The circumstances of her appearance in Los Angeles have not yet been disclosed.

Last week, the Madera County jail in central California confirmed that they had detained James Alexander Lee of Helena for an out of state warrant for his recent connection to Gray, the 22-year old mother of two.

The Helena Police Department issued the arrest warrant for Lee in order to question him regarding Gray's disappearance.

On December 17th, authorities received information that Lee was traveling with Gray in California but when Lee was stopped, she wasn't with him, and he told authorities at the time that he had dropped her off just outside of the town of Madera.

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