Jeffery Stephen Lynn, 54, of Twin Falls, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison following a plea agreement that dismissed four misdemeanors in exchange for a guilty plea to felony aggravated battery in an incident that occurred in November at a hotel in Ketchum.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum policeman Michael Fuller, Lynn and the victim had been dating for about three months when they drove from Twin Falls and checked into a Main Street hotel on the evening of Nov. 17. The victim went downstairs to a firefighters ball that was taking place, which upset Lynn and led to a verbal and physical altercation when she returned to the room, the report states.
The affidavit states that the victim told police that before this point in the relationship, “Mr. Lynn was controlling and exhibited stalking type behaviors but she still enjoyed his company.”
In the hotel room, Lynn punched and strangled the victim before she managed to escape and call the front desk for help, the affidavit states.
Lynn was arrested on Nov. 18, and a no-contact order was put in place between himself and the victim. However, while Lynn was in the Blaine County jail, he allegedly tried to contact the victim three times, leading to three misdemeanor charges of violation of a no-contact order, which were dismissed by the prosecution in the plea deal, along with a misdemeanor offense of battery for allegedly punching the victim.
In 5th District Court in Hailey on Monday, prosecutor Matt Fredback said Lynn “takes zero accountability” for his actions. At a change-of-plea hearing in June, Lynn said through tears that he felt horrible about the incident, but according to a domestic-violence evaluation and pre-sentence investigations completed prior to Monday’s sentencing, Lynn has a 74 percent chance of recidivism in the next five years.
“Mr. Lynn cannot be trusted in the community,” Fredback said.
At the time of the incident, Lynn was on parole after being released from prison 10 months earlier for serving about two years and two months for a separate conviction of felony aggravated assault out of Twin Falls County. Lynn was also convicted of six DUIs between 1992 and 2007, records show.
In the Twin Falls case, Lynn was originally placed on a retained jurisdiction for sex offenders but was removed from the program for making “sexual, inappropriate comments to female staff,” according to 5th District Judge Ned Williamson, who presided over the Blaine County case.
Before handing down the four-year sentence, Williamson spoke thoroughly about each standard of sentencing, culminating in the conclusion that nothing less than significant prison time would serve as a deterrence to Lynn and protect society.