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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pocatello Man indicted for Stalking and Using Interstate Communication to Hire Someone to Harm His Ex-Wife

Victim Had Relocated to Northern Idaho

COEUR D’ALENE - John Kent Davis, 65, of Pocatello, Idaho, was indicted in Coeur d’Alene yesterday on charges of interstate communication of a threat of bodily injury and stalking, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Davis’s arraignment is set for September 17, 2015, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Larry M. Boyle in Pocatello.  Davis was arrested in Pocatello on August 17 on a federal complaint charging him with interstate communication of a threat.  He has been detained there pending the grand jury proceedings in Coeur d’Alene.

The indictment alleges that on July 29 and August 3, 2015, the defendant used a form of interstate communication to try and hire someone to harm his ex-wife.  The individual the defendant hired was actually an undercover FBI agent.  The defendant met with the undercover agent telephonically and in person and paid money to the undercover agent while directing the undercover agent to where his ex-wife lived in northern Idaho, and telling him how badly he wanted her hurt.  The defendant was also charged with one count of stalking his ex-wife from February 2015, until his arrest on August 17, 2015.

The case is being investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF).

The maximum penalty, upon conviction, for charges of interstate communication of a threat of bodily injury and stalking is up to five years imprison, and a $250,000 fine.

Updated February 4, 2016