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Man involved in Pocatello hostage situation gets plea deal

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POCATELLO — A man arrested for allegedly threatening a victim with a gun has reached a plea agreement.

Jalil Dupree Johnson, 38, will plead guilty to aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the court documents. In exchange, the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office will dismiss seven felonies and one misdemeanor.

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Johnson was arrested by Pocatello police, with the assistance of the SWAT team and a hostage negotiator in February.

Police became involved after receiving a 911 call reporting Johnson was threatening a woman. The caller said Johnson was armed and intoxicated. The caller also said that Johnson had grabbed a baby by the neck.

Johnson was arrested following a standoff that lasted about an hour.

He was originally charged with nine felonies and a misdemeanor.

According to his plea deal, felonies for delivery of marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of injury to a child, and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon will all be dismissed, as will a misdemeanor for domestic battery in the presence of a child.

The prosecution will concur with the determination of a pre-sentence investigation, with the recommendation of a rider, court records show.

Johnson is scheduled for a change of plea hearing before District Judge Javier Gabiola on July 5. Following that hearing, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

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