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Posted on: January 22, 2019

Press Release - Domestic Battery Charge Elevated to Felony

Mauricio Pedraza

A misdemeanor domestic battery charged has been amended up to a felony based upon the discovery of a traumatic injury.

On Tuesday January 8, 2019 Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a domestic battery on Pioneer Drive, west of Hailey, Idaho. Mauricio Pedraza-Rodriguez, age 23 of Hailey, Idaho was arrested on misdemeanor charges based upon the victim’s visible injuries. The victim, a 21 year old female, chose not to be transported for further medical evaluation at that time. 

During a follow-up interview on January 9, 2019, it was discovered that the victim had later sought medical care for a broken finger and would require surgery. “According to Idaho Code, the existence of a traumatic injury elevates the charge to a felony level,” said Sheriff Steve Harkins. 

An amended complaint filed by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on January 17, 2019 charges Pedraza with one felony count of Domestic Battery Resulting in Traumatic Injury, I.C. 18-903(a), 18-918(2)(a) and one misdemeanor count of Malicious Injury to Property, I.C. 18-7001(1) for maliciously destroying personal property belonging to the victim. Pedraza will be summoned into court to face these amended charges. 

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted January 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536    End.### 

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