A Hailey man was sentenced to four days in jail and 16 hours of community service Monday following a guilty plea in March to two misdemeanor charges related to a domestic battery.
Christopher C. Pielstick, 41, was originally charged with attempted strangulation, a felony, along with misdemeanor domestic battery and resisting or obstructing arrest for an incident that occurred on Christmas Eve.
Pielstick pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanors following a plea agreement in March when prosecutor Matt Fredback agreed to drop the felony charge.
Following a sentencing hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Jennifer Haemmerle on Monday, he will serve the jail time over two weekends. He will also have to pay $200 in fines and $187.50 in court costs and will be on probation for two years.
Haemmerle said in court that Pielstick will be responsible for successfully completing a therapy course, a 52-week batterer’s program or a similar program that his probation officer thinks would be appropriate.
Pielstick’s public defense attorney, Amanda Breen, said the incident that occurred on Christmas Eve was the “culmination of a really bad week,” but that these criminal charges have “put great motivation in him to change his life.”
In a statement to the court, Pielstick said he has been sober from drugs and alcohol since January and intends on continuing his sobriety.
“This has been the most painful experience of my life,” he said.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle O’Brien, deputies responded to a domestic battery call in Hailey around 1 a.m. on Dec. 24. O’Brien “observed bruising, redness and swelling on the top left portion of [the victim’s] face, along with swelling and redness on the top left portion of her head under her hair.” The victim testified at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 3 that Pielstick was drunk when he hit her in the face multiple times.