Boise man guilty in throat-slashing case

Posted at 12:08 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 14:08:29-04

A 28-year-old Boise man will find out in November how long he will go to prison for cutting another man’s throat last summer.

An Ada County jury found Anthony Reed Schmidt guilty of felony counts of aggravated battery and use of a weapon in the commission of a felony at the end of his jury trial last week.

Jurors determined Schmidt slashed another man across the throat at a home near Locust Grove and Franklin Roads in September of last year.

Testimony in the trial took four days. It took jurors about three hours to deliberate before they found Schmidt guilty, according to an Ada County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At the time of the attack, the man told investigators he didn't know Schmidt. It turns out the man knew one of Schmidt’s family members, and the attack appears to be connected to some kind of dispute between the man and the family member, the release stated.

Schmidt’s sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 16.

The crimes of aggravated battery and using a weapon in the commission of a felony are punishable by up to fifteen and ten years in prison.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies began their investigation in August of last year, when they were sent to a home for a report of a stabbing.

Deputies arrived to find that a man who lived at the home was holding a towel on his bleeding neck.

That man later told deputies he answered the front door at the home and was suddenly attacked by a man he did not know. He said the attacker pulled out a razor and cut him across the throat before running away and getting into a car, the release said.

Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital for treatment, where he was listed in critical condition for almost a week.

In their investigation, detectives were able to identify Schmidt as a suspect by early September.  It appears Schmidt attacked the man after talking to a person both men knew, according to the ACSO release.

Detectives arrested Schmidt in a public parking lot near the Broadway Avenue/Linden Street intersection in Boise in September.