Trial expected for man accused of attempted murder

Andrew Lesky, 43, arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and two felony counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

LOGAN — Charges have been increased for a 43-year-old Idaho man, accused of attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and other charges, after attorneys said his criminal history shows he is a greater threat to the community.

Tuesday morning in 1<sup>st</sup> District Court, State attorney Spencer Walsh said prosecutors had received Andrew Lesky’s criminal history from California, showing he has served time in prison for similar charges and is a habitual offender.  They enhanced the violent charges against him because he is considered a greater danger.     

Defense attorney Shannon Demler meanwhile told Judge Brian Cannell, no resolution is possible other than going to trial.

Lesky was arrested in October after attempting to shoot his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment.  He also threatened her and another man with a handgun and a knife.  He’s being held in the Cache County Jail on a $750,000 bail.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Lesky sat beside his attorney with his head down, as prosecutors said he faces charges of attempted aggravated murder and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and multiple other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Because Lesky’s charges have been increased, Judge Cannell set a new preliminary hearing for January 21.  He also refused to lower bail, agreeing with prosecutors that Lesky is a danger to society.

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