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Eric Kinder allegedly violates his probation for armed standoff by trying to kill himself

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Can a suicide attempt be a parole violation? Yes, if the person hoping to kill himself has been ordered to stay away from drugs and he tries to overdose.

That's the accusation against Eric Kinder, 43, whose alleged death wish follows a conviction over a police standoff prompted by a previous suicide try.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Kinder, 43, was a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado. But last fall, he began to act in ways that freaked out acquaintances and UNC administrators alike.

First, he showed a classmate a screenplay that centered around a shooting -- starring him. Then, he posted the following on Facebook: "15 semesters at UNC. 15 guns to buy. 10 down, five to go." Pals insisted that the message was benign: Kinder was a gun collector who rewarded himself for schoolwork done well by purchasing a new gat. But the message rang in the minds of administrators when he demanded to see them without an appointment. They ultimately banned him from campus

The following month, an armed and apparently suicidal Kinder faced off with Greeley cops. After the incident ended peacefully, Kinder was carted off to jail. He subsequently pleaded guilty to menacing and was sentenced last week to a dozen years of intensive supervised probation. Among the provisions: Kinder was released from jail on a daily basis to look for work -- which prompted UNC to post his photos on campus and increase police patrols.

Kinder wasn't busted for returning to the university, however. Instead, he went to Weld County Jail officials with a suicide note that read, "This is my death. My life has been ruined by perception and not truth. May society feel better that I will be gone soon." He claimed that he'd taken 2,000 milligrams of doxepin, a medication he'd been prescribed for depression, and according to the Tribune, he was waiting for his heart to stop.

It didn't -- but his quasi-freedom did. At this point, Kinder is back in jail, but without job-search privileges, and his probation officer has filed a request to revoke his probation because he'd been forbidden from unlawfully using a controlled substance. The doxepin was also deemed contraband, another probation violation.

Imagine how much trouble he'd be in if he'd tried to shoot himself again. Here's a larger look at Kinder's mug shot:

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