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Garden City man accused of paying $20 for an attack on girlfriend’s ex

January 4, 2019

GARDEN CITY — A Garden City man is facing up to 15 years in prison after police and prosecutors say he paid his nephew $20 to attack his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.

Police say Travis Tengs, 23, paid Zackery Clure, 20, the money to attack the ex-boyfriend of Tengs’ girlfriend. Officers responded to the incident the night of Dec. 28 in the 4800 block of North Adams Street in Garden City, said Lt. Abe Blount of the Garden City Police Department. A criminal complaint against Clure claims he fractured the man’s nose with his fist, and at Clure’s arraignment Monday afternoon, a prosecutor said police noticed his hands were bloody when they arrived. Officers arrested him on suspicion of aggravated battery.

They also arrested Tengs, because they believed Tengs paid Clure for the attack. They charged him with solicitation to commit a felony. In Idaho, solicitation to commit a felony is punishable by the same number of years a person would face if they’d actually committed the crime they’re encouraging. Thus, because prosecutors say Tengs solicited an aggravated battery, he faces the same maximum sentence Clure does — which is 15 years in prison.

Ada County Magistrate Judge John Hawley set bail at $50,000 for both men, according to an audio recording of the arraignment. They are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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