- Ada County Sheriff's Office
- Christopher Wirfs, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, first degree stalking and use of a deadly weapon.
A man faces up to 35 years behind bars after pleading guilty to stalking and shooting a Boise hairdresser.
Ada County prosecutors said 36-year-old Christopher Wirfs, of Boise, shot a woman who he had been threatening for several months. She had been unable to obtain a protection order against Wirfs because she was not in a relationship with or related to him. Police said on Sept. 12, 2015, Wirfs was thrown out of the Boise hair salon where the victim worked. He began sending threatening texts and voicemails directed at the victim and when she arrived home later that day, Wirfs was waiting for her—he shot her, striking her in the left hip. Doctors were initially unsure if the woman would walk again, but she has reportedly recuperated.
Wirfs pleaded guilty March 15 to aggravated battery, first degree stalking and use of a deadly weapon. His sentencing is slated for Wednesday, May 18.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Idaho Legislature has addressed the loophole in Idaho code, amending the current stalking law so victims can file protection orders against a stalker, even if they are not related to or romantically involved with him or her. House Bill 1373 has already passed through the House and awaits consideration from the Idaho Senate.