BOISE — An Ada County jury on Friday convicted a woman of aiding and abetting an aggravated battery after finding she had a role in a March stabbing in the Boise foothills.
Brianna Brown, 21, was never accused of physically attacking 20-year-old Sarita Morgan, but police and prosecutors claimed she encouraged Cody Baker, 30, and Justice Bowie, 20, in the attack. A fourth person, Kevin Ivey, 29, was also charged as a result of the case.
Prosecutors say all four people were transient, dividing their time between a residence in Nampa and a homeless shelter in Boise. Morgan entered the group a few days prior to the attack in the foothills, when she began dating Baker after meeting him at one of the shelters, prosecutors said.
While the motive for the attack, which involved a kitchen knife and a broken bottle, wasn’t exactly clear, Morgan testified in court Tuesday she believed the men would kill her, after they drove her to the foothills on the night of March 16. The group left her bleeding on the ground not long before midnight March 17, and she walked to a home in the 1600 block of Braemere Road, where someone called 911.
Baker, Bowie, and Ivey each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an aggravated battery. Baker is scheduled for sentencing next week, and Bowie and Ivey have sentencings set for October.
Brown was the only one of the four defendants to go to trial, which began Tuesday. Prosecutors claimed she helped plan the attack on Morgan, and verbally encouraged it. The jury on Friday agreed with them, and found Brown guilty of aiding and abetting an aggravated battery, a felony.
Her sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18. She faces up to 15 years in prison.