Charge reduced in hog-tying case

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   SANDPOINT — A Laclede man accused of hog-tying a 12-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome is expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Shane Lee Crawford was charged with felony injury to a child, but it’s being reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for a plea of guilt. Sentencing recommendations in the case are pending, according to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank.

   Greenbank moved during a pretrial hearing in 1st District Court on Wednesday to remand the case to the magistrate division, where misdemeanor criminal matters are sorted out. Judge Steve Verby granted the motion.

   Crawford, 38, is accused of forcing the preteen to the floor with an arm bar maneuver and binding the child’s hands and feet together in September of 2011. Part of the incident was captured on video, apparently to demonstrate the challenges Crawford faced in disciplining the child and containing his outbursts.

   At the time he was charged, Crawford was awaiting trial in district court for allegedly choking another child. He was charged with endangerment at the felony level, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for a plea.

   Crawford was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 166 days suspended and credit for 14 days he served in the Bonner County Jail, court records show.

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