When Billy D. Woodie was arraigned Monday in Ada County Magistrate Court, prosecutors downgraded the charge against him to disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.
Woodie, 62, was originally charged with two felony counts of malicious harassment when he was arrested Sunday evening. He pleaded not guilty to the reduced charge.
Woodie is accused of standing outside his neighbor’s home and yelling remarks based upon her Mexican heritage, a prosecutor said.
He allegedly used a profanity directed at her heritage, called her a “burrito” and told her to “go back to Mexico,” the prosecutor told Senior Judge Richard Schmidt. He also is accused of challenging the woman to fight after she opened her door.
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Officers from the Boise Police Department found Woodie “highly intoxicated” when they arrived.
The prosecutor said he had a blood alcohol level of 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit in Idaho for motorists. Woodie walked to his neighbor’s home.
It was unclear what prompted Woodie to confront his neighbor. Investigators said they found a threatening note Woodie left for the woman last week.
“We’ve had words before,” Woodie told the judge.
Woodie does not have a criminal history in Idaho, where he moved a year ago after leaving Portland, Ore. The prosecutor said he found only a drunk driving conviction from nearly 30 years ago in North Carolina.
Schmidt set bail at $5,000. Woodie remained in the Ada County Jail late Tuesday morning.
The judge ordered Woodie to stay off his neighbor’s property if he posts bail.
“If you violate this, you’re going to be back in that orange (jail) suit,” Schmidt said. “You got that?”
Woodie said he understood.
Trial is set for Dec. 4 before Ada County Magistrate Kevin Swain.