A 23-year-old Nampa man faces up to five years in prison for first-degree stalking, but he could be released in a year or less if he successfully completes a "rider" program in which 3rd District Judge Juneal Kerrick retains jurisdiction.
The felony charge against Shane Ford addresses harassment of his estranged wife last spring before and after she got a protective order to keep him away from her and their child. Three weeks after the protective order, Ford reportedly went to the womans apartment with two other people and held her at gunpoint with an AK-47 while the other two took the child and fled, according to a Canyon County news release. By time the woman returned with sheriffs deputies, the child had been returned and was found alone in the apartment.
The incident that triggered the March 25 protective order reportedly involved Ford going to his estranged wife's apartment with a shotgun and threatening to shoot her guests if they did not leave the apartment. According to court documents, he also followed his estranged wife to Walmart and had her vehicle repossessed.
The protective order was dismissed after Ford and his acquaintances provided an alibi for the AK-47 incident, and prosecutors contend he contacted his wife at the local crisis shelter where she was staying and coerced her into making a statement that he had not threatened her.
However, he was arrested for that crime and, after being released on bond, reportedly followed his estranged wife when she left a second crisis shelter. He was was subsequently indicted by a grand jury for the series of offenses against his estranged wife and pleaded guilty to felony stalking.
Mr. Ford continuously broke the law by harassing his estranged wife and causing her to live her life in fear, and there is no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to prison, said Deputy Canyon County Prosecutor Monica Morrison.
If Ford gets a positive evaluation from corrections officials during his retained jurisdiction, Kerrick could release him on probation. Otherwise he would serve the underlying sentence of 2.5 to 5 years in prison. Either way, Ford is ordered to have no contact with his victims and to pay $350 in public defender reimbursement and court costs.