Man charged with attempted murder
Jesse William A. Whipkey, age 66, had his first appearance before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Ryan Boyer Monday on a charge of attempted murder.
"This appearance is to explain the charges against you," Judge Boyer said.
On count one, Whipkey was charged with attempted murder. On count two, he was charged with extended sentence for use of a firearm or deadly weapon. Both are felonies.
Whipkey could face 15 years in the Idaho Department of Corrections, a fine of $50,000 or both on count one. Count two doubles the possibility of imprisonment and/or fine.
It is alleged that on Saturday, Feb. 25, Whipkey retrieved a loaded .22 magnum revolver from a bedroom and then approached the alleged victim who was in a different room. The defendant is charged with pointing the revolver at the victim and pulling the trigger. Whipkey then began cocking the revolver a second time.
Regarding bond, Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew said he was concerned with Whipkey's current state of mind.
"We would like to find him a placement in a veterans' home in Salt Lake City," Andrew said. "I would like to see the bond large enough to put safeguards in place to give him the opportunity to cool down."
Judge Boyer set bond at $500,000. Whipkey's arraignment is at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 8.