Jason Simonetti, 36, is incarcerated in Missoula County Jail on $ 50,000 bond after being charged with two felonies; assault with a weapon and criminal mischief.
According to court documents, Simonetti allegedly held a woman identified as Jane Doe hostage as he drove around Missoula digging tires with a knife.
The victim said she had “bruises all over her body because he threw her in his apartment”.
Missoula County Assistant District Attorney Brandon Zeak explained why the state is asking for a $ 75,000 bond.
“The state’s position as to whether or not bail was appropriate in this case was based on whether the defendant had an active PSA level 3, which identifies the state’s recommendation that the defendant should be held on bail, ”Zeak said. “This was based on the fact that the accused had a criminal history dating back to 2016, which identified several dangerous crimes for which he had been convicted, including criminal endangerment, multiple appearance failures, theft and DUI. . “
Zeak described the terror experienced by the victim throughout the day.
“The accused has shown obvious danger to himself and the victim, and it is essentially the state’s position to speak to the alleged victim in this case that she is absolutely terrified of his escalating behavior. “, did he declare. “The state believes that if he were to be released, it is highly likely that the accused was seriously injured or injured someone else.”
Zeak said there was a “pattern of terrorist behavior” exhibited by the accused.
“The acts alleged in the complaint were not only acts that occurred in the past two days that were reported to law enforcement, but were part of a set of terrorizing behaviors that occurred in the weeks leading up to the events. “, did he declare. . “This active level three struck us as appropriate, both because of the nature of the allegations, his criminal history, as well as the numerous past appearances on previous convictions which enabled us to determine that the accused would have represented a risk of absconding and fundamentally pose a reluctance to comply with the legal conditions that should have been set. “
Zeak concluded by telling Judge Landee Holloway that a significant amount of bail was needed to protect the public, the victim and the accused himself.
“We therefore believe that the release on bail was justified to protect both the safety of the community, in particular the victim in this case and himself,” he said. “The State understands that the police had an interview with the mother of the accused who informed the police that the accused is a permanent danger, and therefore because of his history of flight and evading the nature of the allegations themselves in this case, alongside the nature of the allegations, or at least his convictions and criminal history, the state believes bail was necessary. We asked for $ 75,000. The court imposed a bond in the amount of $ 50,000 at that time. “
Simonetti was returned to Missoula County Jail on $ 50,000 bail.
(The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.)
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