Mall attack suspect pleads guilty

jsowell@idahostatesman.comOctober 9, 2013 

Greggory Macho pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and destruction of evidence connected to the May 14 incident. He also pleaded guilty to an enhancement for the battery charge, for the use of a deadly weapon.

A felony kidnapping charge was dismissed.

Macho was accused of attacking and attempting to sexually assault a woman in a car, before running over a second woman who came to her aid. Prosecutors say he forced the first woman down in her car, kissed her, groped her and choked her.

“She was screaming and fighting when another woman heard the commotion and decided to intervene,” Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Jean Fisher said.

Macho ran over the second woman and then fled the scene. Mall security videotape revealed a teal pickup truck — later identified as belonging to Macho — driving around the parking lot before stopping near JC Penney and attacking the first woman. The woman had just come out of the store on the south end of the mall.

“I don’t recall a whole lot about those events,” Macho told Fourth District Ada County Judge Patrick Owen, saying he drank between a pint and a fifth of whiskey and had consumed a “handful” of prescription painkillers before leaving his brother’s house and going to the Boise Towne Square Mall.

Despite having a fuzzy memory of that night, Macho said he believes the allegations laid out by Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Jean Fisher.

“I find there is a strong factual basis for your guilty pleas,” Owen said.

The woman who was run over, beautician Angie Smoot of Pocatello, is still undergoing medical procedures and rehabilitation, Fisher said. She suffered a broken right femur and left pelvis.

“She is not able to walk without a significant gait,” Fisher said.

Owen said he met with the attorneys for both sides earlier in the week to try and resolve the case. Macho agreed to plead guilty in exchange for dismissal of the kidnapping charge.

Macho faces up to five years for assault, 15 years for battery, five years for destruction of evidence and 15 years for the enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon — the pickup — under the plea agreement. Prosecutors will recommend the sentences be concurrent.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 20. Owen ordered a psychological examination of Macho be completed, along with the usual presentence investigation.

Macho’s wife, Jessica, and brother, Richard, are also charged in the case. They are accused of destruction or concealment of evidence. Allegedly, they helped Greggory Macho alter the appearance of his pickup after the attacks and helped him avoid being arrested.

Greggory Macho was arrested June 5, after a suspect drawing and the description of his pickup were released. His wife and brother were taken into custody July 3.

Richard and Jessica Macho are scheduled to go on trial Dec. 16.

Richard Macho was also charged in an unrelated case with five counts of possession of child pornography. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in that case Oct. 31.

John Sowell: 377-6423, Twitter: @IDS_Sowell

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