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Local man charged in connection to Pocatello home invasion, shooting

November 23, 2018

A local man is facing up to life in prison if convicted of charges relating to his alleged role in a Nov. 16 home invasion and shooting at a residence in downtown Pocatello.

Christopher W. Wilson, 18, of Pocatello, has been charged with aggravated battery and robbery for the incident that left a 55-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen after Wilson and another individual forced their way into the man’s house at 1242 N. Main St. and shot him with a handgun, police said.

Wilson’s accomplice has not yet been captured and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. The accomplice is described as being a Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s with a slender build. At the time of the home invasion, he was reportedly wearing a white Adidas hat, black leather jacket and jeans.

If you have any information on this individual, please contact Pocatello police immediately at 208-234-6100.

The home invasion occurred early on the morning of Nov. 16 and police said that Wilson and his accomplice robbed the wounded man and a juvenile at the residence after the shooting.

The Pocatello Police Department has not yet said why Wilson and his accomplice targeted the home they invaded. Also not yet revealed by police is what Wilson and his accomplice stole from the wounded man and juvenile at the residence.

Pocatello police announced the charges against Wilson via a Thursday morning press release that also stated he is currently incarcerated at the Twin Falls County Jail in Twin Falls on unrelated charges.

The Times-News newspaper in Twin Falls reported that court records indicate Wilson is facing attempted first-degree arson, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting or obstructing officers charges for offenses in Twin Falls County and is being held on $50,000 bond. Further details on those Twin Falls County charges have not yet been released.

Wilson was arrested in Twin Falls County this past weekend for the offenses there. His next court appearance in Twin Falls County is set for next Friday.

Pocatello police said the 55-year-old man who Wilson and his accomplice are accused of shooting was transported via ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center following the home invasion but has since been discharged from the hospital, authorities said.

The wounded man’s name has not been released by police.

If Wilson is convicted of the robbery charge, he could be sentenced to life in prison under Idaho law. The maximum sentence for the aggravated battery charge is 15 years in prison.

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