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Crofts signs plea agreement

October 7, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Byron Delray Crofts appeared before magistrate Judge Robert C. Brower Thursday to answer to the charges of first degree kidnapping, rape and battery with intent to commit a serious crime and, in a separate charge, injury to jail.
Crofts had broken a window in the county jail in that charge.
Last week, Magistrate Judge James Martsch had added a persistent violator enhancement to Crofts' charges.
The alleged victim of the more serious charge of first degree kidnapping, rape and battery with intent to commit a serious crime was in the courtroom Thursday.
A week ago, the charges against Crofts had been dismissed and then re-filed because the state had difficulty getting the alleged victim to court.
In the plea agreement, Crofts agreed to plead guilty to injuring the jail and the battery with intent to commit a felony, rape, said Bingham County assistant prosecuting attorney Randy Smith.
The state agreed to dismiss the first degree kidnapping and the rape charges as well as the persistent violator enhancement.
Croft's next court appearance is at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 in district court. He will enter his plea then.
Crofts' bond has been set at $50,000 for the first degree kidnapping, rape and battery with intent to commit a serious crime.
His bond has been set at $2,000 for injury to jail.
A no contact order is in place for two years until Sept. 22, 2013. Explaining the no contact order to Crofts, Judge Brower told him that he is not to contact the alleged victim in person, through a third party or by any electronic means.

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