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No bail for man with history of domestic violence charges

by KAYE THORNBRUGH
Staff Writer | May 12, 2021 1:07 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — A man with a history of domestic violence charges is being held without bail after allegedly violating the terms of his probation.

Mark E. Mood, 33, of Coeur d’Alene, pleaded guilty last year to violating a no contact order, a misdemeanor.

The charge stems from October 2020, when Coeur d’Alene police responded to the residence of Mood’s former girlfriend.

The woman told police that Mood had come to her house, despite a no contact order between them. They argued, she said, and he choked her with both hands.

She had red marks on her neck consistent with choking, police said.

Mood was initially charged with attempted strangulation, a felony, as well as with violation of a no contact order.

However, the state later dropped the strangulation charge.

Mood pleaded guilty to violation of a no contact order, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail.

Judge Clark Peterson sentenced Mood in January to 365 days in jail, with 187 days suspended and 68 days credit for time served. He also issued another no contact order between Mood and the woman.

When Mood failed to appear for a probation review hearing in April, Judge Peterson issued a no-bond warrant for his arrest.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mood on Friday.

The original no contact order was put in place after July 2019, when Coeur d’Alene police responded to a 911 hangup at the residence where Mood lived with the woman.

Police said they heard a woman crying and pleading inside the residence when they arrived.

She later told police Mood had hit her and pushed her onto the bed.

When she tried to call 911, Mood allegedly took her phone and threw it across the room.

She had visible lumps on her temple and on the back of her head, police said.

Police arrested Mood, who was initially charged with felony domestic battery.

However, prosecutors said they had to amend the charge to a misdemeanor due to the victim’s participation level.

Mood pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery. A first conviction for that offense is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail.

Judge Peterson sentenced Mood to 180 days in jail, with 89 days suspended and credit for time served. He also placed Mood on supervised probation, which Mood finished shortly before the October 2020 incident.

Mood is being held without bail pending his next court appearance in June.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse, call Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center’s 24-hour hotline: 208-664-9303.