Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Man serves his time in domestic battery case

Felony charge pleaded down to misdemeanor


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A 44-year-old Bellevue man was sentenced last week to 39 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic battery, but since he had already served 39 days behind bars following his arrest in September, he was allowed to go free.

Timothy Reid Warehime was originally charged with felony domestic battery but the case was pleaded down to a misdemeanor in an agreement with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The Bellevue Marshal's Office, which investigated the case, reported earlier that Warehime had punched his girlfriend in the face during a domestic altercation at the couple's home on Broadford Road on the evening of Sept. 17.

Warehime pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery in February. At the same time, he also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor crime of intentional destruction of telecommunications equipment. Intentionally destroying telephones or lines is considered a crime in Idaho if the act is done to keep a victim from calling police.

Sentence was pronounced March 5 in Blaine County 5th District Court. In addition to 39 days in jail, Judge Robert J. Elgee also placed Warehime on probation for three years. Warehime was ordered to abstain from alcohol use for 18 months and to complete an alcohol outpatient treatment program within the next six months.

Warehime was not in custody at sentencing, having been released earlier on a $5,000 bond.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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