Friday, March 19, 2010

Woman pleads guilty to police battery

Other charges dismissed from Halloween night fracas

Express Staff Writer

Lori Monique Ely

A Twin Falls woman charged with multiple crimes for a 2008 Halloween night ruckus with police has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Lori Monique Ely, 43, entered her guilty pleas Tuesday before Judge John K. Butler in Blaine County 5th District Court. In accord with a plea agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, six other felony and misdemeanor charges against her were dismissed.

A stipulated agreement was reached in the case between the prosecutor's office and Ely's public defender, Ketchum attorney Dan Dolan. It provides that both parties will recommend at sentencing that Ely be placed on four years supervised probation and apply for admittance to mental health court in Twin Falls. The agreement is still subject to court approval at sentencing on May 18.

Ely's guilty pleas averted a jury trial that was scheduled to start in Hailey on March 31.

Dismissed in the case were two other felony charges of battery on an officer, a felony charge of damaging a jail and misdemeanor charges of battery, malicious injury to property and indecent exposure.

According to police reports, Ely was accused of fighting with Hailey police outside of The Mint nightclub the evening of Oct. 31, 2008, taking off her clothes and kicking a Mint bouncer. Later at the Blaine County jail, she allegedly battered two more officers, damaged the overhead sprinkler system in her jail cell and ripped two chains from the neck of a sheriff's lieutenant.

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