Released From Jail After Judge Dismisses Kidnapping and Attempted Murder Charges

A man who had faced serious charges walks free February 17.

Just months ago, police said Bill Elliott tried to kidnap a young woman and then threatened her life. Elliott denied those accusations from the beginning.

In a hearing on Monday, a judge dismissed many of the charges. County Attorney Bruce Swanson said Elliott was overcharged.

"Attempted kidnapping and attempted first degree murder," said Elliott.

When those were dismissed, Elliott did plead guilty to lesser charges.

"I ended up, I plead to a simple misdemeanor of assault, a simple assault, and a serious misdemeanor I believe it was false imprisonment," said Elliott.

Monday would be a happy day, if not for bad news Elliott heard while behind bars. He told WOWT 6 News burglars broke into his home.

"I lost a whole lot of property," said Elliott. He said police ignored his claims these burglaries were happening when he was incarcerated.

Swanson said Elliott is not on probation, nor under any kind of supervision. The only thing he did have to agree to was to stay away from the victim by signing a no contact agreement. Elliott said he did sign the no contact agreement before being released.

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