CALDWELL — Kyle Alan Batt pleaded guilty to felony charges in court Wednesday, almost a year to the day after he shot two Canyon County Sheriffs Office deputies.
The deputes were searching for the 28-year-old, who was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, when he opened fire. Deputies Michael Roth and Brad Childers, were shot multiple times as Batt fled.
Although Roth required surgery for his wounds, both deputies survived, and were honored this year with the Medal of Valor and the Combat Cross Medal.
During the ensuing manhunt, Batt hid out in a friends garage. When police and deputies closed in, he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head.
But Batt survived, and was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He originally pleaded not guilty, but reversed course and accepted a plea deal Wednesday that could land him in prison for 40 years.
Batt will have to spend at least 30 years behind bars before he has a chance at parole. The shooter also faced federal gun charges: as a convicted felon, he was barred from possessing a firearm.
He was sentenced in August to 15 years in prison on that charge. The sentence is set to run concurrently with the aggravated battery sentence.
Batt is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 in front of Judge Thomas Ryan.