TWIN FALLS - A man convicted of felony aggravated battery for beating a 69-year-old man was sentenced Monday in Twin Falls County District Court.
Bradley Houser, 35, was sentenced to the state's retained jurisdiction program. He will attend the Correctional Alternative Placement Program through the Idaho Department of Correction.
After the program, a judge can either put Houser on probation or send him to prison for an underlying sentence of three to 15 years.
Houser was also ordered to reimburse the county public defender's office for $500 and was ordered to pay victim's restitution of $1,257.44.
Police said Houser beat the man because he is a registered sex offender.
A police report by Twin Falls police officer Samir Smriko gives this account:
Just before 10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, police went to the Super 7 Motel at 320 Main Ave. E. following a battery call.
As police entered the hotel room they saw Rick Perkins, 69, washing blood off his head and arms. Perkins had a 2-inch gash on his forehead and multiple cuts in other places.
Perkins told police that at about 10 p.m., two men came to his door and threatened him. Perkins recognized one from a previous encounter. The men said they were going to beat him up because of a past child sex abuse case.
In 2008, Perkins was convicted on six counts of lewd conduct with a minor younger than 16. He was sentenced to three years in prison and made parole in November 2011.
Perkins told police two men who smelled of alcohol initially left his room because other people were around but soon returned, closed the door behind them and started beating him.
The beating lasted for about 10 minutes. As he spoke to officers, Perkins grabbed his side in pain several times.
Paramedics arrived, and Perkins declined to be taken to a hospital but was informed he would need stitches on his head.
Police later found Houser in the 200 block of Alexander Street but couldn't locate the other man.
Houser was extremely intoxicated and had to use a fence to hold himself up, police said. He told them he and another man whom he didn't know went to the hotel and Perkins swung at them. ..Source.. by Alison Gene Smith