Jesse Longoria, 45, was in magistrate court in Bingham County for a sentencing hearing Thursday when he requested to withdraw his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and possession of marijuana.
During the hearing, Longoria claimed he must have been influenced by the unknown substance at the time. Longoria told Magistrate Judge Ryan Boyer he did not want to be known as a “wife beater” and would not have pleaded guilty to such a charge while in a normal state of mind.
Boyer reluctantly allowed Longoria to withdraw his plea.
“The defendant had a prior plea agreement to plead guilty to domestic battery, but he elected to withdraw his guilty plea, which results in both cases being placed back on the docket due the defendant’s inability to follow through with the plea agreement,” Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson told EastIdahoNews.com.
The domestic battery and marijuana charge stemmed from an April 8 incident where court records show Longoria left several bruises on a woman’s arms by grabbing her tightly.
Bingham County, the shame of Idaho
During that incident, Longoria told family members and police that someone was coming to kill him and that several wounds on his chest were because a vampire had bitten him. Later, when he was booked into the Bingham County Jail, he told officers the wounds were from burning himself. He also told police that he believes the marijuana he smoked was laced, or tampered with some kind of substance and that was likely to blame for his erratic actions.
Prosecutors had worked with Longoria to plead guilty to those charges in exchange for dropping misdemeanor animal cruelty charges stemming from a March 4 incident where he was arrested for allegedly torturing and chopping off a struggling cat's head with a knife. Details of that incident were not available as of Tuesday afternoon.
That agreement was nullified this week when Longoria backed out the agreement, and prosecutors now plan to refile the animal cruelty charge.
When asked about the original animal cruelty charge that was dismissed, Colson said: “Our intention is to seek justice on all charges at this time for the defendant’s conduct.”
Don't you love how they just totally ignored addressing WHY they would even consider dismissing a torture death animal cruelty charge against someone as deviant as Jesse Longoria? Now Colson is trying to behave as though Bingham County Idaho cares about animals.
Look down at his arrest info: they gave him a measly $300 bond for TORTURING AND KILLING A CAT BY CHOPPING OFF ITS HEAD. WHAT ELSE DID HE DO TO THE CAT, STAB IT REPEATEDLY, STRANGLE IT, SET IT ON FIRE, STOMP ON IT AND BREAK ITS BONES?? Bingham County Idaho does NOT care about animal cruelty.
New hearing dates will be scheduled for Longoria in Bingham County Court. He remains free on bond.
Full Name: Jesse Longoria
Time: 1:59 PM
Location: Bingham County, Idaho
Total Bond: $300
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
(East Idaho News - June 20, 2017)