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Pocatello man who claimed he blacked out when he stabbed another man gets rider

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Zackery William Standridge | Bannock County Jail

POCATELLO — A judge sentenced a Pocatello man who said he blacked out before he stabbed an acquaintance.

Zackery William Standridge, 21, was ordered by District Judge Robert C. Naftz to go on a rider program. Naftz opted to send Standridge, who pleaded guilty to felony aggravated battery, to the Idaho Department of Correction program with an overhanging two to seven-year prison sentence.

A rider is when a judge sends a person to prison for up to a year to undergo different treatment programs. When the inmate has completed the program, the judge can then decide to send them back to prison or release them on probation.

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In the plea agreement made with Bannock County prosecutors, a use of a deadly weapon enhancement was dismissed.

Investigators say that in April, Standridge stabbed another man at an apartment on the 300 block of North 15th Avenue. The victim, an acquaintance of Standridge, told police he tried to walk past the 21-year-old before being stabbed. He said the stabbing happened “for no reason,” police wrote in their report.

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Standridge told police he and the victim got into a verbal argument just outside the apartment door. He claims the victim then shoved him into a wall, causing him to black out. When he came to, Standridge realized he was holding the knife while the victim yelled he’d been stabbed, according to police.

Standridge was also ordered to pay $535.28 in fees and fines.

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