Crime

Boise man found guilty of first-degree murder in Depot shooting

Brandon T. Bahr, 24, with an attorney and jail deputies during a Sept. 24, 2015 video arraignment.
Brandon T. Bahr, 24, with an attorney and jail deputies during a Sept. 24, 2015 video arraignment. Idaho Statesman file

CORRECTION: This article originally misreported the jury’s verdict on Bahr’s weapons enhancement.

A jury found a Boise man guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend at the Boise Depot Sept. 23, according to court documents.

Brandon Bahr, 24, got in a fight with his ex-girlfriend in September following a messy breakup. She had told him she may be pregnant, then on the 23rd, said she was no longer pregnant. Bahr engaged in a day-long argument via texting and phone calls with the woman and her new boyfriend, Zacheriah Neil Peterson, 21. They agreed to meet at the Depot that night, according to opening statements from attorneys on both sides.

The charges against Brandon T. Bahr (with jury decision) First-degree murder (guilty) Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (not guilty) Grand theft (guilty) Use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony (not guilty) Theft-petit (guilty)

Before they met, Bahr stole an automatic handgun from his mother’s boyfriend, stole a bandanna from Wal-Mart (which he used to hide his face) and hid in tall grasses around the Depot until Peterson arrived, according to the prosecution.

Peterson and two friends looked for Bahr at the depot around 8:30 p.m. When they found him, Bahr shot Peterson in the chest.

On Friday, the jury found Bahr guilty of first-degree murder, grand theft and petit theft. It acquitted him of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon in a felony.

Bahr is scheduled for sentencing on June 24 at 9 a.m., according to court documents. He could face up to life in prison for first-degree murder, according to a press release from the Ada County prosecutor’s office.

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