Prosecutors will ask for withheld judgment in evidence destruction case

December 11, 2013 

Jessica Brynn Macho

— Seven months after helping her husband hide from police and alter the appearance of his truck, a Boise woman could avoid jail time, thanks to a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jessica Brynn Macho pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony destruction of evidence, just five days before the case was set to go to trial, according to defense attorney Randall Barnum.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend Judge Patrick Owen to withhold judgment in the case at Macho’s Feb. 5 sentencing, Barnum said. That means that after a period of probation — five years is possible for Macho — her conviction could be taken off the books.

Macho’s husband, Greggory Macho, attacked two women in the parking lot of the Boise Towne Square Mall in May. He attempted to sexually assault the first woman in a car, before running over a second woman who came to her aid.

Greggory Macho pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges in October, and is set to be sentenced Dec. 20. Prosecutors are recommending a 15-year sentence.

Jessica Macho and Richard Macho, Greggory’s brother, were arrested on destruction of evidence charges after they helped the mall attacker paint his pickup and hide from authorities, police said. The charge against Richard Macho was dropped in November when he pleaded guilty to several unrelated child pornography charges.

Both Jessica and Richard Macho had faced up to five years in prison on the destruction of evidence charges.

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