Crime

Man tied to Boise murders pleads guilty in Nampa case

Adam Dees pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge stemming from an altercation last October with a bicyclist in Nampa.

The bicyclist reported a near-collision with Dees' black Subaru station wagon and followed Dees to a nearby gas station, where he confronted him, . According to a Nampa police report, Dees pushed the bicyclist to the ground, picked up his bicycle and threw it.

Dees, 22, was originally charged with misdemeanor battery and malicious injury to property following the Oct. 5 incident. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to disturbing the peace. The injury to property charge was dismissed, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said.

Judge Debra Orr sentenced Dees to 180 days in jail, but suspended it. She also ordered Dees to pay $1,000 in restitution and court costs.

Dees remains in the Ada County Jail on $2 million bond from charges stemming from the alleged use of credit cards belonging to Ted, Elaine and Tom Welp, who were found dead in their Boise Foothills home on March 10. He faces charges of grand theft and forgery, while accused of racking up charges on the victims' credit cards on the day the bodies were found.

The sheriff’s office also cites witness reports that Dees was trying to sell an engagement ring — a diamond ring investigators said Friday belonged to Elaine Welp. Detectives recovered the ring from a local jeweler.

Dees has not been charged in the murders but the Ada County Sheriff’s Office has not indicated that it’s looking for other suspects in the case.

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