Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Man charged with felony domestic battery

Sun Valley suspect has prior domestic battery convictions

Express Staff Writer

Anthony Michael Lanni

A 43-year-old Sun Valley man was arraigned on a felony domestic battery charge Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court for allegedly committing his third violent act against household members within the past 15 years.

The charging document against Anthony Michael Lanni states that he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in Lemhi County in 1998 and again in 2001. Blaine County court records further state that Lanni was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 1992 in Spokane, Wash.

The latest charge against Lanni alleges that he battered his wife of seven months at the couple's Ateliers condominium in Sun Valley on Oct. 24.

A probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Sun Valley police Sgt. Travis Olsen alleges that Lanni was upset because his wife had filed for divorce and he "grabbed her around the throat and that he threw her into a closet door."

Olsen further wrote that the woman had bruises on both arms and hands, "a large red mark on the back of her neck," and other abrasions or red marks.

She was transported by Ketchum Fire Department ambulance to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Lanni remains incarcerated in Blaine County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Judge Robert J. Elgee, who conducted the arraignment but is not presiding judge on the case, declined to reduce bond to $10,000 as requested by public defender Cheri Hicks.

"If there's a high bond, there must be a good reason for it," Elgee said.

The case has been assigned to District Court Judge Barry Wood because of a disqualification motion filed against Elgee by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which is not required to state a reason for seeking a different judge.

Lanni pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial date has not yet been set.

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