Cody Wagner has pleaded guilty to felonious restraint rather than go on trial for charges of aggravated assault and domestic battery.
Wagner’s trial was supposed to start next week in Teton County District Court.
According to court documents, Wagner suggested he be put on probation for pleading guilty to the felony.
The deal also suggests a conviction be withheld if Wagner completes his probation without violations.
Wagner, of Driggs, Idaho, is accused of a violent assault against his then-girlfriend at a Jackson hotel.
The victim wants Wagner to accept responsibility for the injuries he caused her, the woman’s attorney John Robinson told the News&Guide.
“[Victim’s] support of the plea agreement depends entirely upon the defendant’s acceptance of responsibility for what he did to her,” Robinson said.
“If he acknowledges that he caused her injuries and is willing to pay for all her medical bills, then she supports the plea agreement.”
The victim, who is represented by Robinson and attorney John Labuda, plans to make a statement at Wagner’s sentencing hearing.
Officers reportedly found the victim covered in blood on Jan. 1, 2018, when they responded to the 49er Inn. Someone passing by heard the fight and called 911.
When officers arrived, the victim was outside and said her boyfriend had hit her.
Wagner told police they had argued about her dancing with other men at the bar, so he left without her. He said she attacked him when she returned to the room.
But the victim told the opposite story, saying Wagner assaulted her when she returned to the hotel room.
“She thought she was going to die,” Jackson police Lt. Roger Schultz said at the time. “There was some indication that he may have choked her.”
Police originally charged Wagner with strangulation, but that charge was later dropped by prosecutors.
The victim was hospitalized for her injuries and released after being treated for cuts and bruises.
Wagner also had a bloody nose after the altercation, police said at the time, but wasn’t injured.
Prosecutors planned to present photos of the woman’s injuries, photos of blood in the hotel room, body camera footage and text messages as evidence.
They also planned to call witnesses who found the victim and heard her screaming for help.
Wagner’s attorneys had planned to call witnesses to testify that the victim is not a trustworthy person.
Wagner, 33, was a bartender in Jackson when he was arrested. His attorney Katie Mannen said he has a law degree and practiced law in Colorado before becoming a fishing guide in Jackson Hole and Alaska.
In November 2018 Wagner tried to get the case tossed by claiming the police acted without decency when they obtained a search warrant for his phone that included privileged conversations with his counsel.
He said his rights were violated while he was in his home state of Ohio after making bail.
Judge Timothy Day later decided Wagner had not met his burden on the argument.
Wagner’s jury trial was supposed to begin Oct. 7.
A sentencing will be set at a later date.