A 52-year-old former Hailey man has been placed on probation for five years for a physical attack on police officers in downtown Hailey in November 2011.
Christopher Twen Evans was also given a five-year suspended prison sentence by Judge Jonathon Brody at sentencing in Blaine County 5th District Court on March 5. Brody, who normally presides in Minidoka County, was assigned to the case following disqualification of Judge Robert Elgee.
Evans pleaded guilty in December 2012 to the felony crime of battery on a police officer, averting a jury trial that had been scheduled to start Jan. 16. In exchange for his guilty plea, a second felony charge of battery on a police officer was dismissed, as were misdemeanor counts of resisting or obstructing officers and malicious injury to property.
Final disposition of the case was delayed while Evans underwent mental evaluations to determine his capability to understand court proceedings. According to court records, Evans has a history of mental health problems.
As a condition of probation, Brody ordered that Evans continue to attend and complete requirements of mental health court in Twin Falls County. He was further ordered to live at the Country Cottage Assisted Living facility in Twin Falls unless ordered otherwise by Brody or the mental health court. Also, Evans was ordered not to be in Blaine County unless approval is granted by the mental health court.
The case against Evans arose on Nov. 19, 2011. Police reported then that Evans, unprovoked, walked up to a patrol car and begin punching Blaine County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Gelskey. Evans was also accused of punching Hailey Patrolman Manny Ornelas, who came to Gelskey’s assistance.
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