Dewey pleads guilty in harboring shooter case

August 1, 2013 

— A Caldwell man accused of assisting a fugitive after two Canyon County sheriff's deputies were shot last year has pleaded guilty to giving false information to police.

Clayton D. Dewey, 33, was originally charged with resisting arrest and felony harboring a person who committed a felony. Last week, he pleaded guilty in Canyon County Third District Court to giving false information and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

He is scheduled to return to court in Caldwell for sentencing Aug. 22. He remains free, after posting $50,000 bond in February.

Dewey helped treat a bullet wound suffered by Kyle Batt in the leg and also allowed Batt to hide in his heated garage while police searched for him on Oct. 23, 2012.

Deputies Brad Childers and Mike Roth went to arrest Batt, 27, after he was accused of aggravated assault for an incident with an ex-girlfriend earlier that day. Batt fired at the deputies as they approached him.

Roth was struck twice in the arm and several times in the chest, shots that lodged inside a bullet-proof vest. He underwent surgery for the injuries to his arm. Childers was also shot and was treated and released from a hospital that same day.

Childers fired back, striking Batt in the leg. Batt then shot himself in the face as deputies approached him in Dewey's garage.

Batt pleaded guilty in May to unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

He faces up to 10 years in prison on the firearm possession charge and up to five years for the obliterated serial number charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 13 at the federal courthouse in Boise.

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