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Steven Drain sentenced for Pocatello stabbing

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Steven Skylar Drain

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI)- UPDATE:  1-15-21: Steve Skyler Drain was sentenced Thursday to a determinate prison term of 7 years and an indeterminate sentence of 8 years to a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 

Judge Robert Naftz gave him credit for 461 days he spent in the Bannock County Jail.  

Drain was also ordered to pay $845 in fees.  A restitution hearing was scheduled April 22.


UPDATE - Steven Drain, 30, entered a guilty plea to charges of aggravated battery Monday as part of a plea agreement. 

In exchange, the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office dismissed a second felony enhancement charge for use of a deadly weapon in commission of the crime. 

Judge Robert Naftz ordered a pre-sentence investigation before considering a sentence in the agreement on January 19.

Drain remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

The penalty for aggravated battery in Idaho is up to 15 years in prison. 


UPDATE: Steven Skylar Drain, also known as Johnny MacLeod, was charged with aggravated battery at his arraignment on Tuesday.

This is punishable up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The Bannock County prosecutor, Stephen Herzog, is asking for enhanced sentencing for using a deadly weapon, which could add another 15 years to his possible sentence.

Drain is accused of stabbing a woman in the 500 block of South 8th Avenue at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

The female victim is reported to be in critical, but stable condition at the University of Utah Medical Center Monday. Police are not releasing her identity yet, but her parents have released her first name via a fundraiser Facebook page.

The woman, according to the Facebook page, suffered stab wounds to the head, neck and side. She's doing much better, but still has a long road to recovery.

Her parents have raised a little more than $3,000 as of Tuesday which will go towards her medical expenses. The fundraiser can be found here.

Drain will appear in court on Oct. 28 for a preliminary hearing. His bail is set at $250,000.

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  1. Really beginning to believe you do not understand the role of an attorney when it comes to defense. EVERYONE, including you, are entitled to the best defense an attorney can give. I’m actually glad to see a public defender who actually defends their clients. (I’m assuming a public defender since this dude does not appear to be one to afford a dream team.)
    Do I think he should have received longer sentence? Yes. But sentencing is the job of a judge and guidelines are set by the state. Not sure what the leeway was in the guidelines and not going to research, done with stuff like that.

    However, look on the bright side…that “smile” of his will be very popular at night with his cell mate.

    1. I not only understand the ‘role’ of an attorney and the TRUE process of obtaining justice through the adversarial competition, J, I am also aware of what the process’ design has devolved INTO over the decades. The founding fathers could not possibly have envisioned an assembly line process, let alone how it could have been used to dilute their great adversarial process of justice.
      “….as part of a plea agreement.”
      If memory serves–used to be friends with a criminal defense lawyer here in Idaho Falls–there are three ‘levels’ of plea bargains; the first is basically a ‘blank check’ which completely removes the defendant themselves from the process, except for the the actual admission of guilt itself; the second type–in theory–binds all attorneys involved plus, of course, the defendant, to all the (written) aspects OF that agreement, allowing ONLY the judge to modify/refuse to accept the agreement; and the third, which friend Fred called ‘The Gold Ring’, which binds ALL parties–including the judge–to all (again; written!) aspects of the agreement.
      Therefore–IMO, of course–I not only understand what (has become) the lawyers’ roles in the system, but the difference between REAL justice and ‘justice’.
      Regardless your opinion of my subject knowledge, J Weld, it is ALWAYS nice to have a reply from a fellow commenter capable of the individual thought process. I actually enjoy discourse, when it comes from someone not simply parroting some television/radio ‘personality’. 😉

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