Boise man gets 10 years in domestic assault case

If Ryan Kanady had been found guilty of the original charges, he could have faced life in prison.

kterhune@idahostatesman.comNovember 26, 2013 

Ryan Wayne Kanady will have to serve at least two years of a 10-year sentence before he is eligible for parole for what Judge Deborah Bail called “a brutal, violent act.”

Accused of raping a woman and suffocating her until she lost consciousness, Kanady pleaded guilty to domestic battery with traumatic injury as part of a deal with prosecutors.

“The defendant was completely out of control,” prosecutor Jean Fisher said at Kanady’s sentencing Monday. “It’s fortunate that he did not, in fact, kill her.”

Kanady was arrested July 12 in the backyard of the woman’s home just after the attack. The victim was able to lock herself inside a bathroom and call 911 after regaining consciousness.

A daily IV methamphetamine user, Kanady was under the influence of meth and prescription painkillers the morning he attacked the woman, Fisher said.

Brian Marx, Kanady’s defense attorney, said his client had been able to detox while in jail and wanted to change.

“He knows he’s made bad choices,” Marx said. He asked Bail to sentence the man to probation or retain jurisdiction in the case to allow Kanady to get help for his substance addiction.

Kanady wept as he read a statement aloud in court.

“I know what I have done, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said, apologizing to the victim.

He asked the judge to consider his two young children and not send him to prison.

“I’m a great father, and I know that,” he said.

But Bail noted Kanady was $6,000 behind on child support. The judge described the victim waking up to Kanady saying he had to kill her before the assault, which lasted several hours.

“The defendant talked over and over again about how he needed to kill her,” Bail said. “He brutalized her.”

Bail handed down the 10-year sentence recommended by prosecutors and declined to retain jurisdiction. She also denied a request from the victim to lift a no-contact order in the case.

Kanady was originally charged with attempted murder, rape, first-degree kidnapping, resisting and obstructing, and malicious injury to property — charges that could have sent him to prison for life. But Fisher said she was satisfied with the sentence.

“The frustrating part of domestic violence is that I think there’s a perception that people think if they plead to domestic violence, that somehow that is so much different or so much less than attempted murder,” she said.

Although the general public may perceive domestic battery as a less serious crime than attempted murder, she said, the nature of the charge has more to do with the relationship between the victim and perpetrator than the lethality of the crime.

“Sometimes it’s easier for us to prove domestic violence,” she said.

Fisher said she was pleased that Bail took the serious nature of the crime into account when she handed down the sentence.

“She totally understood the dynamics of what was going on, and recognized [Kanady’s] lethality,” Fisher said.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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