POCATELLO — A local man who held up a woman at gunpoint over a drug debt in June was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in prison for multiple felony charges that the presiding judge characterized as “a one-man crime spree.”
Sixth District Judge Rick Carnaroli said William Randall Davis, 29, of Pocatello, was at a high risk to re-offend in handing down the unified five-year prison sentence during a hearing at the Bannock County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
“You’re definitely making a career out of being a criminal,” Carnaroli said.
“I have to worry about protecting society and you’re carrying around a gun as a felon not once, not twice, but three times. That is a major concern of mine.”
Davis was initially facing life in prison after he was charged with 10 felony crimes stemming from two separate incidents in early June, including robbery, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of meth, eluding a police officer, two counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and two enhancement penalties for using a firearm during the commission of two unrelated crimes.
As part of a plea agreement with Bannock County prosecutors in September, Davis pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault and possession of meth with the intent to distribute charges, as well as the two charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and the remaining six felony charges were dismissed.
The third instance Carnaroli referred to regarding Davis illegally possessing a firearm happened in Utah, and subsequent criminal charges Davis faces in that state have not yet been adjudicated.
Carnaroli sentenced Davis to serve five years fixed for each of the four felony charges he pleaded guilty to, ordering that he serve the sentences concurrently, which means he will serve the five-year sentences for each charge simultaneously. Furthermore, Carnaroli sentenced Davis to an indeterminate period of five years in prison for each of the four charges, meaning Davis could spend up to 10 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
Davis appeared in front of Carnaroli with his Pocatello attorney Stratton Laggis, who said his client’s criminal charges stem from an underlying drug addiction and requested a retained jurisdiction sentence.
Also known as a “rider,” a retained jurisdiction sentence would have allowed Carnaroli to suspend whatever prison sentence he imposed upon Davis for up to 365 days so that he could complete a drug-related rehabilitation program in the custody of the Idaho Department of Correction. Following the completion of a retained jurisdiction sentence, Davis would have been released from jail and put on probation.
Considering the two incidents in June that resulted in Davis’ 10 felony charges happened while he was on parole following his release from prison stemming from drug convictions, and while Davis was using methamphetamine, Carnaroli opted to disregard Laggis’ request.
Davis has been incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail since the Southeast Idaho STAR Team arrested him on multiple felony warrants at his home on the 13000 block of Yellowstone Avenue just north of Chubbuck city limits on June 12.
Davis was wanted on warrants in connection to five felony charges stemming from an incident on June 6 that started in Chubbuck and ended at an employment services company for those with disabilities in the 600 block of Pershing Avenue in Pocatello, police said.
The June 6 incident began to unfold when the Pocatello Police Department fielded a 911 call from a woman who said a man, later identified as Davis, held a handgun to her head because she owed him money, police said.
In court Tuesday, Carnaroli noted that Davis told investigators tasked with determining Davis’ risk to re-offend that he did not hold a gun to a woman’s head but merely pointed it in the direction of a vehicle she was sitting in. Carnaroli later asked Davis if it was true that he held a gun to a woman’s head over a drug debt, to which Davis said it was true, adding that he lied to investigators because he feared it would negatively impact the sentence he received.
After holding the woman at gunpoint, police responded to the business on Pershing Avenue and attempted to make contact with Davis, though he sped off from the scene and a high-speed police chase ensued, police said.
Davis reached excessive speeds on busy residential streets and in parking lots throughout Pocatello, which resulted in police calling off the pursuit, police said.
Following the police chase, officers continued to search the surrounding area for Davis but were unsuccessful, police said.
On June 7, police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Fern Avenue in Pocatello for the report of found property. On scene, police discovered a Glock 19 pistol, a loaded magazine, a holster and a set of keys with a key to Davis’ dark-colored Jeep and one to a BMW, police said.
The Glock 19 pistol was not registered to Davis, and because Davis had previously been convicted of a felony, it was illegal for him to possess a gun, police said.
Police ultimately located Davis in a single-family residence in the 13000 block of Yellowstone Avenue on June 12, police said. Davis was arrested trying to flee the residence, though he was not injured, police said.
Police found meth on Davis’ person as well as paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics, which resulted in the subsequent drug and eluding police felony charges.
Police transported Davis to Portneuf Medical Center where he was medically cleared before booking him into the Bannock County Jail.
Several of Davis’ friends and family members attended the sentencing hearing and became visibly emotional when Carnaroli delivered the five-year prison sentence.
As a Bannock County court-marshal was remanding Davis back into police custody, Davis shouted from the jury box where other inmates were sitting while awaiting hearings of their own.
“Sorry mom,” Davis said. “I’ll see you in five years.”