Man accused of shooting deputies sentenced on gun charges

jsowell@idahostatesman.comAugust 13, 2013 

— Kyle Batt will serve 15 years in federal prison — 10 years for unlawful possession of a firearm and five years for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

He still faces state charges for allegedly shooting two Canyon County deputies last October as they were searching for him.

The two deputies, Brad Childers and Mike Roth, told U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge on Tuesday they continue to suffer physical and emotional pain from the incident.

“To this day, there are nights where I still see the crystal-clear images of what happened that night,” Childers said.

An ex-girlfriend and her father contacted police after Batt allegedly brandished a gun while arguing with the woman at a Caldwell home.

Officers spotted Batt's pickup at a residence and knocked on the door. A man came out a side door and ran off. The two deputies identified themselves as police officers and gave chase.

Batt later allegedly fired at them while hiding. He waited until the deputies were about five feet away before firing 11 shots, according to investigators.

He also shot himself in the head, which led him to lose hearing in his left ear and affected his ability to stay focused.

Batt did not address the court or say anything to the two deputies during his sentencing Tuesday. Defense attorney Tom Monaghan said he advised Batt not to speak before sentencing because of the pending state charges.

It’s unclear what he’s been charged with in Canyon County Third District Court. The case file has apparently been sealed, according to online court records.

Monaghan said it didn’t seem fair that his client faces being sentenced in both federal and state court for crimes committed in the same incident. Lodge said he didn’t have any control over what happens in state court.

Childers was treated and released from a hospital the day of the shooting and later returned to work. Roth was shot twice in one arm and said that nearly a year later, he still only has 25 percent of the feeling in his arm. He has not yet returned to work.

"We still have hope I can heal enough to once again protect my community," Roth told the judge.

After the hearing, Marv Dashiell, chief deputy sheriff for Canyon County, said Roth and Childers understood why Batt did not address them and said they respect Batt’s right to not incriminate himself in the state case.

While the shootings were hard on the entire department, he said deputies and other agency employees are looking forward to having Roth rejoin the force.

“We’re keeping our hopes up,” Dashiell said.

Monaghan said Batt began having anger problems at age 4 or 5 and was first hospitalized for mental health issues at age 11. The attorney said his client’s mental problems contributed to his actions the night he’s accused of shooting the officers, but that doesn’t excuse what Batt did.

Batt wasn’t all bad, Monaghan said, citing work to help the less fortunate in his community.

Lodge asked Batt to think about the harm he caused the two deputies and their families.

“It continues to haunt those officers and will continue to haunt them and their families for years to come,” Lodge said.

John Sowell: 377-6423, Twitter: @IDS_Sowell

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