Prison ordered in lieu of probation

Print Article

Durette

BONNERS FERRY — First District Court Judge Barbara Buchanan ordered a Boundary County man on March 2 to serve up to five years in prison for a weapons-related clash with law enforcement last summer near Old Hwy 2 Loop.

Timothy Christopher Durette, 45, was charged with felony weapon-unlawful possession of a convicted felon and felony part II-persistent violator in connection with the August 2016 incident.

According to reports, on Aug, 18, 2016, a Boundary County Sheriff’s deputy made contact with Durette at his residence and observed him carrying a high powered rifle. Durette also had a handgun strapped to his person and was wearing a bulletproof vest. When the BCSO deputy ordered him to relinquish his weapons, Durette reportedly responded with an epithet and refused to comply with the commands.

The Department of Corrections’ Pre-Sentence Investigation concluded that probation would be sufficient for Durette’s insubordinate actions, however Boundary County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tevis Hull disagreed and asked the court to impose a sentence of incarceration in lieu of probation. Hull submitted letters to the court from friends and family members who described Durette as being paranoid, and having increasingly violent, erratic, and unpredictable behavior, all while being in possession of a firearm. Hull emphasized that, according to the testimonies, Durette has been repeatedly breaking the law since at least 2008 by having possession of firearms.

Boundary County Defense Attorney Serra Woods asked the court to sentence Durette in accordance with the DOC’s recommendation. Woods stated that the interview had been conducted thoroughly and the DOC felt that Durette would be a good candidate for probation.

Buchanan disagreed and handed down a five-year sentence instead, stating that if Durette wouldn’t comply with the commands of an armed law enforcement officer, it’s unlikely that he would comply with a probation officer. Buchanan further expressed concern regarding Durette’s increasingly violent and paranoid behavior, as well as his prior criminal record out of California, which includes kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Durette’s record indicates that he was charged in 1993 with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon in Riverside, Calif., and was charged again in 1998 with kidnapping in San Bernardino, Calif.

Durette will have to serve at least two years of the sentence before he can be considered for parole.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Naples Food Cupboard provides, needs help

February 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY — A person or family does not need to be homeless, or lazy, or irresponsible, to need help. Many people across the country and in our own community live paycheck to paycheck. One small ...

Comments

Read More

Life Flight called to accident on Peterson Hill

February 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY — An two vehicle injury collision occurred around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the north end of Pleasant Valley Loop near the top of Peterson Hill. The collision involved two Ford...

Comments

Read More

Jiu-Jitsu teaches wellness in all forms

February 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald BONNERS FERRY — Master Sylvio Behring from Brazil returned to teach another seminar at the local Bonners Ferry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio (BJJ). Owner and teacher, Sam Brown, invited his mentor Masto...

Comments

Read More

VVES Certified Employee of the Month: Anna Fuller

February 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald Mrs. Anna Fuller has been teaching in Boundary County School District for the past seven years and is currently educating and supporting students at Valley View Elementary School where she has taught...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 267-5521
Po Box 539
Bonners Ferry, Id 83805

©2018 Bonners Ferry Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X