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Man who chased tenant with knife placed on probation

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Mikal Martin | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — A landlord who chased a tenant with a knife because they overstayed their welcome was placed on probation Friday.

Mikal Martin, 54, was originally charged with one felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but an amended criminal complaint filed on Jan. 31 amended the charges to misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor battery.

Deputies arrived at Martin’s Ammon home in January to a report of a disturbance, according to court documents. He was arrested after the tenants said Martin chased the husband out of the home with a knife. Martin was arrested and transported to jail.

During a change of plea hearing Friday, Magistrate Judge Steven Alan Gardner sentenced Martin to one year of supervised probation with a suspended 225 day jail sentence. He was given credit for the 5 days he spent in the Bonneville County Jail.

He will also be required to pay $815 in court fees.

CORRECTION: An original article stated that Martin was placed on Felony probation. This was incorrect and Martin was placed on supervised probation. apologizes for this error.