Convicted of slashing a man’s throat, he’s headed to prison, with another charge pending

Anthony Schmidt.
Anthony Schmidt.

Anthony Reed Schmidt of Boise will serve at least 20 years in prison, and possibly up to 35, after slashing a stranger’s throat in September 2015.

The sentence combines felony convictions for aggravated battery, the use of a weapon in the commission of a felony and being a persistent violator. A jury found Schmidt, 28, guilty after a four-day trial this past September. He can apply for parole after the initial 20 years.

In addition, Schmidt is accused of attempting to recruit gang members while he was in the Ada County Jail. He pleaded not guilty to that on Aug. 17, but a jury trial this month was vacated and he is scheduled for another plea entry hearing Nov. 30.

Ada County sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home in the Locust Grove and Franklin Road neighborhood on Aug. 27, 2015, to find a man holding a towel on his bleeding neck.

The man said he opened the front door to his home and was attacked by another man he didn’t know. The attacker pulled out a razor, he said, and cut him across the throat. The assailant then ran away and left in a car.

The victim spent a week in critical condition in a local hospital.

Detectives identified Schmidt as a suspect a few weeks later. Investigators said Schmidt was related to someone who had a dispute with the victim.