Times-News: Twin Falls Lawman Accused of Battery, Death Threats


The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department is not commenting on the case of one of its own deputies charged with a felony count of domestic battery.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Sergeant Michael Cooper—a 15-year veteran of the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office—faces three counts of domestic battery, inflicting traumatic injury.

Prosectors said Cooper beat the female victim on several occasions, dating back to July 2008. Additionally the Times-News reports that prosecutors said Cooper threatened the woman, telling her "he knew how to bury her in the desert, that he worked with the coroner often enough that he could make her death look like a suicide and that no one would believe her because he was a cop."

But Cooper's defense attorney argued that his client was innocent until proven guilty and was a long-time public servant. A judge set Cooper's bond at $100,000 on April 17, but according to the Times-News, Cooper bonded out of jail.

But he was arrested again later that day on a warrant for another charge of domestic violence. And, again, Cooper posted bond in the second case.

A preliminary hearing for the Twin Falls County charges is set for Friday, April 26.

Cooper faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count of felony domestic battery.