$10 Million Bail for Woman Accused of Killing her Two Children

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 22

Missoula Justice of the Peace Alex Beal set bail for Leannah Gardipe, the woman accused of murdering her two children, ages three and five, at $10 million.

Deputy County Attorney Brian Lowney originally asked for $4 million, due to a perception that family money could possibly be used to post her bond.

Judge Beal stated:

“I think you are the greatest risk to our community and additionally to yourself,” said Judge Beal. “There is no amount of bail that you could post where you could safely be released from jail, and my job is to make sure that you have no possible hope of posting bond, so I am setting bail at $10 million. I do not know what your financial resources are. I assume that this is a number that you have no possible ability to make, and that is the reason explicitly why I set that.”

KGVO reached out to Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, who was surprised at the $10 million bail, an amount she said had never been set in a Missoula courtroom in her memory. She said the bail amount will undoubtedly be revisited at Ms. Gardipe’s District Court arraignment set for December 6.

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