Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Felony charged in no-contact

Sun Valley man incarcerated on $175,000 bond


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Pierre John Saviers

A 59-year-old Sun Valley man has been charged with a felony for allegedly violating a no-contact order one too many times.

Pierre John Saviers faces arraignment Monday, Feb. 27, in Blaine County 5th District Court. He remained incarcerated Tuesday in the Blaine County jail on $175,000 bond.

According to police reports and court records, Saviers has continued to contact his ex-wife even though he was ordered by a court not to do so. He has two prior misdemeanor convictions for no-contact-order violations in 2011.

Idaho law provides that a person convicted of two misdemeanor counts of no-contact-order violations can be charged with a felony if a third charge is filed within five years of the prior convictions. Felony violation of a no-contact order is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Saviers' latest arrest came on Jan. 21 after his ex-wife complained to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Deputy Crissi Gilchrist, Saviers had attempted to contact his ex-wife about a dozen times that day and the day before either by cell phone or email.

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Gilchrist noted in the affidavit that she arrested Saviers on a felony charge because of misdemeanor no-contact order violations in 2011, one in June and a second in July.

Saviers pleaded guilty to both those charges, in addition to a then-pending misdemeanor DUI charge, in Blaine County Magistrate Court in October and was sentenced to a total of 10 days in jail.

Because of the latest charge against him, Saviers has been charged with probation violations for all three of the recent misdemeanor convictions.

At an initial court appearance in Magistrate Court on Jan. 24, Judge R. Ted Israel set bond at $100,000 on the felony charge and $25,000 each on the three probation allegations.

The case was bound over to Blaine County 5th District Court at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court on Feb. 7.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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