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Man accused of breaking into ex-girlfriend’s home, attacking her, is held without bond

August 22, 2018

Brant Nye

The man Meridian police say last week broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and attacked her remains in jail without bond because officers say he violated a no-contact order, breaching the terms of his parole.

Brant Nye, 33, is accused of using rocks to break the windows of his ex-girlfriend’s house and car, then attacking her and another person inside, according to the criminal complaint prosecutors filed against him. He is charged with a misdemeanor and five felonies, including aggravated battery and violating a no-contact order for the third time.

Yet, according to court documents, both he and the woman he is accused of assaulting asked multiple times for that no-contact order to be removed.

The order stems from Nye’s arrest in April 2016 on suspicion of attempted strangulation and domestic battery against the woman, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to domestic battery in November 2016 and was sentenced to two years in the custody of the Idaho Department of Correction in February 2017.

The no-contact order remained in place despite the woman’s attempt to have it removed. In September 2017, she wrote a letter to a judge, explaining she wished to attend an upcoming IDOC hearing for Nye, but was not able to do so without violating the no-contact order. The judge denied her request to change the order.

Matters remained complicated, though, because she and Nye owned a business together, she wrote in a letter to the judge. On Oct. 31, 2017, she asked a judge to change the order so she could speak with Nye, still in prison, about tax paperwork related to the business they shared. The judge changed the order, but it still remained in place.

That became a problem in the spring of 2018 as Nye prepared for parole, she wrote. He’d behaved well in prison, she wrote, and Nye later produced documents of his good behavior, according to court documents. The parole board asked Nye about his plans after he got out of prison, she wrote in a letter to the judge, and he told the parole board he wanted to live with her and return to work at their business. The parole board would not allow him to do so as long as the no-contact order was in place so, the woman wrote, she wanted the judge to remove it.

“I would like to have our situation reviewed so we can continue on a positive path and work together with the parole board on release conditions that work for all parties,” she wrote.

The judge however, refused in March, writing, “no modification is permissible beyond what has already been entered!”

Nye left prison in June, and the no-contact order remained in place. Police and prosecutors say he violated that order by entering her home Friday.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 31.

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