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Jury finds guilty on all counts: April sentencing set in aggravated assault case

GRANGEVILLE — Sentencing is set this spring for a White Bird man who was found guilty last week on felony charges resulting from a 2012 firearm assault incident.

Tommy D. Cole, 56, is out on $5,000 bond awaiting sentencing on April 14.

Following a day and a half trial last Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 26-27, a seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated two hours and found Cole guilty on all counts: two charges of aggravated assault and one charge of driving a vehicle without owner’s consent, a misdemeanor.

According to Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor, District Judge Charles Hosack allowed Cole to remain free on bond on condition he complete evaluations for domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse, and that he have no contact with the victims in this case.

Charges against Cole resulted from an Oct. 18, 2012, incident outside the Silver Dollar Bar in White Bird in which he pointed a .22-caliber pistol at Nicole Lowe and Sean Reid and threatened to kill them. Cole then left the scene in Lowe’s van, abandoning it six blocks later.

In this case, maximum penalties are five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for aggravated assault, and six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine on the driving charge.

Cole was represented by Lewiston attorney Jon Hally of Clark and Feeney.

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