RUPERT — A Paul man has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault after police say he imprisoned a woman and four children in a bedroom and later tried to force her vehicle into oncoming traffic.
Joshua Brock Winmill, 25, was charged last July.
Sentencing is set at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 in Minidoka County District Court.
Under a plea agreement, Winmill pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon and a misdemeanor count of violation of a no-contact order from another Minidoka County case filed in January 2017. Two counts of domestic battery will be dismissed, Lance Stevenson, Minidoka County prosecutor said.
In return, Stevenson will recommend a total sentence for all the charges of 10 years in prison with five years fixed and five years indeterminate.
A restitution order for $5,000 will be filed by the prosecutor.
In July, police said Winmill forced the woman and children into a bedroom while he went to work and watched them on Facetime, a video app that allows people to see each other over the phone.
The woman told police if the phone connection was broken Winmill would go to the home and beat her.
The woman said later that day she gave him a ride to pick up his vehicle and he tried to run her vehicle into oncoming traffic with his vehicle. A witness corroborated her account.
Police said the woman also had marks and facial bruising.