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One of four people accused of viciously beating and stabbing a woman last month, and then leaving her in the Boise Foothills, has reached a plea deal with Ada County prosecutors.
Cody Baker, 30, of Boise, pleaded guilty to felony aiding and abetting aggravated battery at his arraignment on Monday afternoon, court records show. He faces up to 15 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine when he’s sentenced at 3 p.m. June 3.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to charge Baker as a persistent violator, according to a recording of the hearing. Both sides are free to argue Baker’s sentence length. He remains in the Ada County Jail on $250,000 bond.
The attack occurred on or about March 17 in the Boise Foothills.
The 20-year-old victim was assaulted with a rock, knife and broken bottle, and left off of Sunset Peak Road, according to court documents. Her injuries included a lacerated liver. She had to drag herself 2 miles to get help in the middle of the night, a prosecutor said in court Monday.
Prosecutors believe that Baker and three others came up with a plan to kill the woman the day before the attack. Baker, who drove the group to the Foothills, admitted in court Monday that he held the woman down while she was stabbed.
Investigators have said the motivation for the attack is unclear. At the hearing, Baker gave a brief account of what transpired in the days leading up to it.
He said he had been staying at a motel with the woman in the days before the attack; it’s unclear what their relationship was. He also said he was “irritated” when he was heading into the mountains with some friends.
“I was planning to finish the victim but then I realized how much I cared about the victim,” Baker said. “So I put it to a stop. Then I left and I went back to Nampa. I feel bad about it. I regret doing it.”
He said he wrote a letter of apology to the victim and her family.
The three others charged in connection with the attack are Justice Bowie, 20, of Boise; and Kevin Ivey, 29, of Nampa; and Brianna Brown, 21, of Nampa.
Bowie is charged with felony aggravated battery and a felony enhancement-use of a deadly weapon. He was released from the Ada County Jail just days before the attack because he was deemed not competent to stand trial in a forgery case. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 9.
Ivey is charged with felony aiding and abetting aggravated battery. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 2.
Brown is also charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery. An entry of plea hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. May 6.
Brown, Bowie and Ivey remain in custody at the Ada County Jail, each on $500,000 bond.